18th Century Art

27 Feb

Below are two satirical drawings depicting the current fashionable styles as outlandish and comical. There was a definite fear, especially in England, of young men and women ‘loosing themselves’ to the style of foreign courts (namely France whom Great Britain was at war with on and off throughout the 18th century). Miss-well mounted is an obvious tongue-in-cheek portrayal of a wealthy woman and her footman who likely was much more to her than just a traditional servant. The image following directly below it features a young woman with sky-high hair, mocking the trend of extravagance.

Above is a painting of Scotland’s exiled Prince, Bonny Prince Charlie, also known as the young pretender. His father attempted to claim back the throne of Scotland from English during the ill-fated Jacobite rising of 1715. His son, pictured above, tried again to seize the crown of his birth-rite during the famous rising of the 45′, only to fail again at the horrific battle of Culloden Moor where thousands of Highlanders were slaughtered in under an hour.

The above picture depicts a courtship from the 18th century. She sits politely while he offers her his hand.


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