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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Being a Costumer: Regency Collection of Prints

One of the things that I really love to do is to look at and research costumes/vintage fashion. I don't do it often because I get so wrapped up in it all and end up spending hours looking at/reading things.

These are some great prints painted by F. Wheatly and engraved by Vendramini. They were all published between 1792 and 1796 and depict different street sellers in London at the time.

Two Bunches a-Penny, Primroses, Two Bunches a Penny. 
By this time there weren't many flower-sellers in the streets because people had their own gardens. These women still existed, selling flowers from their homes in the countries for use as herbs and medicine.

Old Chairs to Men
This depicts chair-menders who fixed chairs of the masses, made of rush or cane.

Turnips and Carrots ho
These rural visitors,with their laden donkeys, were frequently seen in the streets of London selling Turnips, carrots and other vegetables. A large number of the hawkers, in fact, were country people from outside the capital.