Posted by Caroline on July 08, 1997 at 22:15:09:
In reply to Lydia so tanned! posted by Katariina on July 07, 1997 at 08:30:44
] I was wondering in P&P2 when it's summer, Lydia is actually very tanned. Wasn't it considered unbecoming etc. in those days?
I have been thinking about this all day(well do you think about making beds and washing dishes?);-)
I have a photcopy of a caricature by James Gilray, circa 1820, which shows a very effeminate young man surrounded by books of love poetry, amusement guides, bottles of various lotions and potions, being laced into his corset by his valet. The rhyme underneath the cartoonreads as follows(my emphasis)
Faces painted deepest brown,
Waistcoats strip'd and gaudy;
Sleeves, thrice doubled, thick with down,
And stays, to brace the body.
What do you make of this?
You can see the picture in "The Cut of Men's Clothes 1600-1900" by Nora Waugh (Batsford)1968?. I really wish I had a scanner. I really wish I could show it to you!
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