What I find most fascinating about them is that practically every person in these images would fit right in in the 1770s and 1780s. I wonder if it is artistic license or if the rural poor and working classes were really this much out of fashion in the period. Certainly the gauzy, breezy things that the fashionable were wearing aren't the most practical for working, but generally I would assume that a great majority of the people were wearing serviceable versions of the classic Regency silhouette. What do you think?
November 1, 2013
William Pyne's "Rustic Figures" in Ackermann's Repository
While going back through old Ackermann's Repository issues gathering up images for a post on Collet Necklaces in fashion plates, I came across these glorious plates by William Pyne which were published in the Repository from 1813-1814. One month they were there then a few months later they were gone. Brief though the run may have been, I am utterly charmed by them! Sometimes he got two pages, sometimes one; Sometimes they were called "Rustic Figures" sometimes "Pyne's Rustic Figures" and sometimes nothing at all, but here they are in all their glory! I hope you love them as much as I do! I'll upload the full images, so you can save the high-res version by clicking on them. All images from Bunka Gauken Library (and cropped by me).