Fishermen at Boulogne-sur-Mer. Département Pas-de-Calais.

Boulogne-sur-Mer, costume, peasantry, fishermen, France, traditional,
Groupe of Boulogne

Groupe at Boulogne, 1821.

IN France, that “pays des modes,” the contrast between the rich and the poor is, and was (under both the regimes) striking: the rich varying their dress with the moon, the poor not even with the century.

The peasantry, the fishermen, the postillions, all classes below the bourgeoisie, are now, as they were formerly, dressed in heavy, cumbrous woolen cloth.

Source: Sketches Illustrative of the Manners and Costumes of France, Switzerland and Italy. Illustrations by Richard Bridgens. Text by J.W. Polidori London. Baldwin, Cradock & Joy. 1821.