Category Archives: 18th Century

Costume and Fashion History during the 18th Century. Clothing of the Late Baroque, Rococo, Louis XV, Louis XVI, Rose Bertin Minister of Fashion at the court of Marie Antoinette. The French Revolution fashion period of Incroyables and Merveilleuses. The Georgians and Regency period.

Princess Lamballe. Tragedy of the French Revolution.

Princess, Lamballe, French Revolution,
Marie Therese Louise Lamballe, of Savoy, Princess of Carignan (1749 – 1792).

Historic tragedies have their lessons of instruction to after-generations; they tell their sad tales of sorrow and anguish, which make ears tingle and hearts weep in sympathy. They form graphic chapters in the history of our common humanity, however much we may reluctate to own the relationship. The mind almost refuses to believe that the dreadful scenes and tragedies of the French Revolution, so forcibly styled “the Reign of Terror,” occurred in Imperial Paris, the gorgeous capital of France, and the most fashionable emporium of the present modern world, and within the recollection of many persons now living, even among our friends and neighbors.

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Anne Bonny and Mary Read. Women pirates, 18th century.

Anne Bonny, famous, female, pirates,

Anne Bonny (c. 1697 – c. 1782).

A BRACE OF WOMEN PIRATES. WOMEN WHO POSED AS MEN.

THE life of a pirate on the high seas was hardly likely to attract even the most adventurous woman, yet according to records left by Captain Charles Johnson there were at least two who followed that calling, dressed in sailors’ clothes, and who lived and fought in desperate frays in the early eighteenth century.

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Chevalier Charles d’Éon de Beaumont.

Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d'Éon de Beaumont

Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d’Éon de Beaumont. Chevalier d’Eon 1792. Painting by Thomas Stewart after Jean-Laurent Mosnier.

Chevalier Charles d’Éon.

Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d’Éon de Beaumont, known as “chevalier d’Éon” (1728- 1810) was a diplomat, spy, officer and man of letters from France.
He remained famous for his pronounced taste for transvestis, because he lived large parts of his life as a woman and had a lifelong reputation as an excellent fencer.

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Shoes of the 18th century

Shoe, fashion, baroque, 18th century,

A SHOE OF THE REIGN OF GEORGE II. A LADY’S SHOE. COMBINED SHOE AND CLOG.

Shoes of the 18th century

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Fashion Reign James II, William I. England 17th century

Historic, dress, baroque, england, fashion history, james, william, mary, Elisabeth McClellan

REIGNS OF JAMES II – WILLIAM I AND MARY 1685-1700

REIGNS OF JAMES II – WILLIAM I AND MARY

1685-1700

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Terra di Lavoro. Two woolen carpets. Italy 18th c.

Antique, carpets, Italy, 18th century, Terra di Lavoro,

Carpets of the “Terra di Lavoro

Woolen carpets of Terra di Lavoro, 18th century.
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Salon de Musique of Queen Marie Antoinette

Salon de Musique, Marie Antoinette, France, Rococo, Furniture, 18th century

Salon de Musique

Salon de Musique of Queen Marie Antoinette, Palace of Fontainebleau, France.

Showing the following contemporary Louis XVI. furniture:

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Heavy woolen blanket, Abruzzi. Italian peasant rugs.

carpet, rug, blanket, peasant, Abruzzi, Italy, Albert Sautier

Heavy woolen blanket Italy ca. 1770

Heavy woolen blanket. Abruzzi, Italy ca. 1770

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Gilt State Bed of Queen Marie Antoinette

Queen, Marie Antoinette, Gilt State Bed, Rococo, furniture, Philippe de Lassale, Fontainebleau

Gilt State Bed of Queen Marie Antoinette

Gilt State Bed of Queen Marie Antoinette

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Costume de Dame de Cour sous le regne de Louis XVI

Costumes Français, Court Lady, Costume, fashion history, Louis XVI,

Costume de Dame de Cour sous le regne de Louis XVI, en esag’e pour les bals de la Reine en 1774, 1775 et 1776

Costume de Dame de Cour sous le regne de Louis XVI, 1779.

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Roman Pope in chamber clothes 18th c.

Roman Pope, chamber clothes, costume, illustration, catholic, 18th, century, costume history

Il Pontefice Romano in abito da Camera.

Roman Pope in Chamber Clothes

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