Agent Provocateur- The Whitney. There’s something that’s almost Victorian in this photo; perhaps it’s reminiscent of the gentlemens’ clubs that had sprung up all over London by the mid nineteenth century? Maybe it just embodies that sexiness that polite society pretended to hate…
To anyone who’s interested, there’s currently a rather marvellous exhibition on wedding dresses at the V&A museum in London.
The Great Exhibition of 1851
Largely the work of Prince Albert, the Great Exhibition was opened in London to show people in Britain artefacts from around the world. It was thought that as many a six million people came to see the items on exhibition; which included an Indian elephant!
The Pre- Raphaelite Brotherhood were exceptionally popular during the Victorian period. They chose to depict scenes from British folklore, most notably the legends of King Arthur. This one, “The Lady of Shallot” was painted by John William Waterhouse- and was inspired by the Tennyson poem also named “The Lady of Shallot”.
Sorry to all my gorgeous followers, but I’ve just come back from a rather marvellous skiing holiday (Méribel is the most amazing place on the planet!) and have been rather wubbish about posting :( should be back to normal from now on :)
A sketch from a ball in the mid 19th century.