People in those days
Wood engraving, probably by Joseph Swain
2 x 2 inches
Illustration for Thackeray’s Vanity Fair, p.56.
This is a tiny thumbnail showing how gentle-folk of the Regency would have dressed. Thackeray comments that he would never ‘disfigure’ his characters by depicting them like this – so ironically reminding us that the novel is just artifice, and not historical record. The illustration is one of several which reference realities lying outside the action.
Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.
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