Hurdy-gurdy man. The Halfpenny Showman. Regency era.

The Age of Undress by Amelia Rauser.

Dress in the Age of Jane Austen by Hilary Davidson.

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley 

Hurdy-gurdy, Organ, grinder, Halfpenny, Showman,
The Halfpenny Showman.

Hurdy-gurdy. Organ grinder.

Regency, Georgian fashion era.

The Halfpenny Showman. 

Source: The Costume of Great Britain, by W. H. Pyne, 1808.


Note:  Opera dresses. June 1796. Dress à l’Espagnole. Gallery of Fashion.

Support and Seduction: The History of Corsets and Bras (Abradale Books) by Beatrice Fontanel.

Thoughout the ages, women's breasts have been subjected to the endless whims of fashion. From the ancient Greeks to Mae West and Madonna, this light-hearted book charts the changing shapes of female beauty. The elegant and amusing images - including fashion drawings, paintings, photographs, and film stills - illustrate the often surprising history of the garments women have worn for support - and seduction.

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