English Society. Sketched by George du Maurier. Click on image to enlarge it.. From
“Look, Geoffrey! That's lady Emily Tomlinson. Isn't she pretty?”
“Yes. And I suppose that's Lord Emily walking with her!”
The five figures in this cartoon serve as a fashion plate that shows what wealthy, fashionable Victorians wore, or were supposed to wear, at the seaside. The little boy wears a sailor suit with beeches and long stockings rather than bellbottoms, and both of the men in the picture also wear beeches and long stockings — the remains of eighteenth-century male costume. The woman walking alongside the man in the foreground wears late-nineteenth-century costume together with a very long handled parasol and a fancy flowered hat. The man standing close to the waves holds his walking stick behind him parallel to the ground.
Scanned image and text by George P. Landow [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]
English Society. Sketched by George du Maurier. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1897.
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