Posted on: We hope you enjoy the articles and short stories presented here, and will join Kate in her adventures for many years to come. Please use the Contact Page to provide your shipping address and we will reply with your total. Warning : This article contains nudity, depicted through fine art and early photography. Research into much of this subject proves somewhat difficult; in such a staid society very little was recorded. However, there is interesting evidence of certain practices and expectations presented below for interpretation. I hope this will satisfy those who are curious about such details, and not offend anyone.
When Prince Albert died inBritain went into a sort of prolonged mourning with Queen Victoria, applying a strict moral code.
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Economic depressions hit Britain in an which brought lingering financial woes. Attitudes changed around the end of the s with the phenomenon of the professional beauty and led to the Naughty Ninetiesa decade of relative freedom and fun. Brits decided to cast off the gloom and party, like the French, who were enjoying the peace and gaiety of the Belle Epoque Beautiful Era Indeed, the French expression joie de vivrethe delight of being alive, entered the English lexicon in the late s.
The professional beauty sensation was partly due to the popularity and ever more affordable art of photography, and the work of London-based artist Frank Miles who specialized in pastel portraits of society women. Unlike the previous leaders of style, these women were named, and included; Lady Lonsdale later Lady de GreyLady Brooke later Lady Warwickthe Duchess of Leinster and her sister Lady Helen Vincent, Lady Londonderry, Lady Dalhousie, Lady Ormonde, Lady Mary Mill, Lady Gerard, Madame Pierre Gautreau, nee Virginie Avegno, Mrs.
Luke Wheeler, and Mrs. Cornwallis West, to name some of the most famous. There was a craze to exhibit photos and prints of these - snos-domov.info muses in the windows of Fleet Street, making them the original pin-ups. Middle and upper-class Londoners did their best to emulate the lifestyle of carefree partying, and the desire spread to every major city in Britain.
A society lady possessed mounds of carefully groomed hair, a long neck, a tall and slender build, but with ample bosom, hips, and buttocks, all accentuated by perfectly tailored clothing stretched over a tight-laced corset.
As far as the physical cts go, it was a near to impossible combination only achieved by padding. Blue pencils were used to trace their veins, and powder with blue and lavender tints provided a stark white complexion even in yellow light. They coloured their eyebrows, accentuated their eyes, and reddened their lips, and taught their daughters to do so.
The evening and ball gowns of the late Victorian era featured sleeveless bodices, so removal of armpit hair was expected.
These ladies went to dinner parties, court functions, and grand balls bound in their custom undergarments and exquisite gowns, so obviously they could carry out these activities just fine despite the constricting clothing.
Riding in the s, croquet in the s, roller skating in the s, archery in the s, and cycling in the s. Lots of exercise was the key to good health, then as now. Important to note is that good health and athleticism was encouraged, hopefully resulting in the desirable slender physique, and the fresh air and activity would create an attractive glow.
Girls played rounders, football, bowling, and walked two or three hours daily. In the s croquet became the rage, considered an ideal sport for the delicate fairer sex, and enjoyed by all.
Equestrian and archery skill were expected amongst the debutantesand continued into adulthood. Dates between courting couples often consisted of a 10 mile 16 km hike.
Skating was a favoured winter pastime, and roller skating grew in popularity. By the s gymnasiums started having female members, tennis and croquet clubs were established, and callisthenics were recommended for everyone.
In the late s safer bicycles were invented, ladies had cycling suits with breeches made, and began having riding parties. Fashion plates from the s and s. The desired silhouette became top-heavy, the bustle grew then shrank. Puff sleeves in various forms returned. Hands, feet, and waists were still drawn very small. After looking at the fashion drawings and artwork presented in this article, I hope people can understand why women wore split-drawersor nothing at all.
If you are interested in cosmetic recipes click here. Note: There is no evidence of Victorian women having ribs removed. Surgery was fraught with risk and avoided unless absolutely necessary. Art credits: 1 a The Three Gracesby Jean-Jacques PradierSwiss sculptor of the neoclassical style, he worked in France. He was popular throughout Europe and America. Nude in a Haremby Theodore Chasseriau.
He received honours from many nations, and in he was elected an honorary member of the British Royal Academy. Although considered a weak artist, he received dozens of commissions and was very popular in London. Hugely popular, he won prizes and exhibited dozens of portraits. He taught over students, many from Britain and the United States.
He received many official honours, and garnered top prices for his work. He received some prizes during his life, but his posthumous success is astounding.
His paintings have brought some of the highest prices recorded for individual works of art. He also became the most fashionable portrait painter in Paris. He was hugely popular, sometimes controversial, and received many important commissions.
Most of these images were selected from Wikipedia, where you can read more about each artist and view some of their work. Thanks for this. I read modern articles and debates about women and shaving, but I never thought about it as a hygiene and parasite thing. This really changes my perspective.
This was so cool to learn about. I just wanted to ask if you know what Victorian Women wore when pregnant?
The yummy mummies of Instagram were far from the first to capture photographs of themselves breastfeeding, as these portraits of Victorian women in America demonstrate Advertisement. An art gallery was forced to remove 'absolutely disgusting and obscene' Victorian art from an exhibition after receiving a spate of complaints. The Estimated Reading Time: 5 mins While film avoided full-frontal nudity, and (god forbid!) any action below the waistline, Victorian erotic literature went full out on incest, flogging, and sexual abuse. If you like classic Victorian erotica, you've probably read these already, but I list them anyway for future reference: The Romance of Lust , The Sins of the Cities of
Zayna, wealthy ladies had garments tailored to fit perfectly as they went through the stages of pregnancy, including custom corsets.
Girls of 10 were tightly bound with silk bandages, I used crepe back then. Your website is absolutely fantastic! Thank you so much for your posts This website is already on my bookmark list. Reading your articles makes me feel like I am on a time machine.
I have full bust, naturally tapered waist, and rounded flaring hips. I love the Victorian fashion. It is cool that Effie Gray was in here. I look almost exactly like her sister Sophy, but I am 13 and Sophy is 14 in the famous picture of her. Anyway, I really liked this website - it was really informative and I liked the images you put in. Thanks Christina. Make sure you eat healthy, not like Sophy.
Amazing and detailed research!
Is there an article on facial beauty, makeup and hair in more detail? Hi Kate. This is very well done! Really interesting and well documented.
I always wondered what Victorian women hid under all those layers of clothing - obviously shaving or depilating was a plus, since in Summertime it must have been pretty warm and damp in there There is a story about Effie Gray - true or false - that when she undressed in front of Ruskin, her first husband, on their wedding night, he was so shocked by her displaying pubic hair he decided not to touch her, which of course would have led to her requesting later an annulment of the marriage by non-consummation for impotence.
If, however, the story was true, Effie would have been seen as a vulgar and unpleasant woman if she had not had her pubic hair removed, and he would have had good reason not to touch her, since she was not up to the standards expected of a young wife and potential mother of the affluent middle class.
I absolutely love how informative this post was! The lovely paintings and pictures are ingrained in my memory now haha.
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Throughout the centuries nude women were usually depicted without any body hair, and the s wasn't any different. This is a feminine ideal that goes back to the beginning of recorded time. Statues from Victorian times depict women with A treat for Victorian voyeurs - and Britain's oldest erotic film?Subscribe: snos-domov.info more on the BFI Player: snos-domov.infoo 2. Snow Lady. Using only a shovel and scissors, photographers set up and modeled the "Snow Lady" in the garden. They didn't use any base, a stick or wire to support the head, body, or arms. 3. Unusual Victorian Lady. This is a great example of funny old Estimated Reading Time: 6 mins
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Benji Wow! Mozi I read modern articles and debates about women and shaving, but I never thought about it as a hygiene and parasite thing. Kassandra Hi there! I genuinely enjoy reading your blog posts about Victorian times. Zayna This was so cool to learn about. Fleming Zayna, wealthy ladies had garments tailored to fit perfectly as they went through the stages of pregnancy, including custom corsets.
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The first popular form of photography was daguerreotype.
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It was a tiny but very detailed image on a piece of silver. Though it was perceived as an expensive artwork, the price was still lower than for a painted portrait. Responding to the market demand, more and more photographers started creating these silver plates, which eventually reduced the cost.
Later, silver was replaced by glass, metal or paper.
Death portraiture gained immense popularity. Victorian nurseries were full of babies dying from different illnesses, which initiated parents to photograph with their infants while they were still alive.
That was the only physical reminder of their cute babies. The healthcare was developing, so the number of dying children reduced greatly, which mean decreased demand for death Victorian pictures for sale.
Citizens were happy to photograph together with their kinds in life. The Victorian era is known for many strange or even creepy rituals, like memorial photography. After-death portraits were popular among many people.
I have prepared some other facts about this type of photography that may be of interest to you. To make deceased people look like the living ones, photographers developed a picture and painted rosy cheeks or draw open eyes over the eyelids.
This sounds very weird, but, actually, those were the first Photoshop-like tweaks. The period of the rule of Queen Victoria is known for the high childhood mortality rates. Kids often died before they were 3 and the only picture of the entire family together was with a baby in a coffin.
Hard to imagine the process of shooting such a photo, but that was like a way of commemorating a deceased child. Living siblings, frequently with their mother, posed alongside their dead brothers and sisters. The main idea of such Victorian era photoshoot is to photograph a child, either dead or alive, sitting still and motionless, while a mother is covered with a white sheet, like a kid is alone in the shot.
Sound a bit ridiculous, but this approach was widely-used at that time. Photographs of dead people are a very popular and much-hyped part of Victorian photography history.
You can find many similar photo selections on the web: handsome, elegant men, pretty women, and most often, children with their eyes closed are half-sitting or are lying surrounded by living relatives.
Such images were widespread in Europe and America in the second half of the 19th century.
There really existed the books of the dead. There were even photographers specializing in shooting the dead - both individually and in a circle of still living family members. Most often, they photograph children and old people. Photographers used various kinds of stands and supports to make dead people look like they were full of life and energy.
If it was necessary to photograph a child alone, without a mother, photographers of the 19th century used a simple trick. Mother sat on a chair, and she was carefully draped, covering her hands, face, legs with cloth, as if she were a piece of furniture.
At the same time, everything looked as if there was no one except a kid in suchVictorian era photos.
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However, looking closer, you can notice a person under the veil sitting motionless, which makes you horrified. It seems that the creature is about to jump out and gobble up an unsuspecting innocent child. On May 23,the young British photographer Samuel Kay Balbirni from Brighton placed an ad in the Brighton Daily News newspaper, which later became famous and gave rise to a whole genre of photo manipulations.
Headless photos: ladies and gentlemen in the pictures will hold their own heads in their hands!
Photos of dwarfs and giants: this is really funny! There were enough photographers in Brighton, and Balbirni, who opened the photo studio, wanted to stand out.
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