Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Regency Era Fashions, Authors and Art


Edmund Blair Leighton

note The Chaperon following....

I wanted to follow up my blog from June:

with more Regency Era romance.

dress from the Regency Period

I do love the 'romantic' aspects of that time,
thanks to the wonderful novels of
Georgette Heyer
that introduced me to it!

"The Corinthian" by Georgette Heyer

vintage illustration

I also wanted to offer you the rest of the wonderful paper doll set '1800 - 1809' by Margaret Fleming,
courtesy of

remember, these are for your personal use only!

You can find the rest of her wonderful costumes in this set on my previous blog,  as mentioned above.
Here is the base set of dolls again:

Don't you love their names?!

"It is always incomprehensible to a man
that a woman should refuse
an offer of marriage."

- Jane Austen

by Michel Martin Drolling 1789 - 1851

vintage illustration

During the Regency Period
1795 - 1837
there were distinctive trends in British fashion,
architecture, politics, culture and literature.

Jane Austen's characters from 'Persuasion'
paper doll set by Donald Hendricks

"It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy, it is disposition alone.
Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other,
and seven days are more than enough
for others."

- Jane Austen


Jane Austen is probably the most widely recognized author of the time, but you might be surprised to know of several others as well that come from this time period.

The Coronation of the Prince Regent, 1821

Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832)
was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright and poet.
You may recognize his name
 from just a few of his most popular writings:

Rob Roy
The Lady of the Lake
The Bride of Lammermoor

Sir Walter Scott doll by

movie poster at

"Oh What a tangled web we weave,
When first we practice to deceive!"

 - Sir Walter Scott,  Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17

a Classics Illustrated vintage comic book

'a Regency Country Ball' by Adam Buck

..and you thought fans were only used by ladies!!
Not so during the Regency Period!

Here is another Regency Era poet:
Percy Shelley

"A poet is a nightingale who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds."

- Percy B. Shelley

a bust of Percy Shelley

Shelley was one of a close circle of visionary poets and writers that included:
Lord Byron, Leigh HuntThomas Love Peacock
and his second wife,
Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein.

vintage illustration

Which brings us to the author
Mary Shelley
(1797 - 1851)

While you may only know her most famous novel

or (The Modern Prometheus)

she wrote many other works as well,
which more scholars are showing a renewed interest in,
such as:

The Last Man

Frankenstein sitting with Mary Shelley
by Abigail Larson

"I do know 
that for the sympathy of one living being, 
I would make peace with all.
I have love in me 
the likes of which you can scarcely imagine
 and rage the likes of which 
you would not believe.
If I cannot satisfy the one, 
I will indulge the other."

- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Mary Shelley hand made doll

Boris Karloff in 'Frankenstein', 1931

I love Boris Karloff's performances, and this is a great one!

I'm sorry, I do not know the artist of this lovely Regency paper doll set.
Do you?
Let me know, so I can credit the beautiful renderings.

We can't possibly forget
John Keats
(1795 - 1821)

John Keats was a great English Romantic poet.
During his very short life the critics panned him,
but his influence on other contemporaries such as
Lord Alfred Tennyson and Wilfred Owen
was significant.

John Keats hand made doll by

"Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard
Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on;
Not to the sensual ear, but, more endeared,
Pipe to the spirit ditties of no tone."

- John Keats, British poet, from 'Ode on a Grecian Urn'

'The Allen Brothers, James and John Lee Allen'
by Henry Raeburn, early 1790's

typical Regency Era style door architecture

I know I have taken my time with this lovely Era,
but there are so many 
wonderful paper dolls
and stunning architecture
and wonderful authors and poets and quotes
to cover, I am having fun!
I hope you are too!

artist Caspar David Friedrich-Segelschiff

...and so, I will close for today,
but I certainly haven't finished covering the Regency Era yet!

"My idea of good company 
is the company of clever, well-informed
people who have a great deal of conversation; 
that is what I call good company."

- Jane Austen

'Walking to Church'
I could not find the artist for this painting. Do you know?

until next time....
and on pinterest:  kkloberdans

Here are some of the web sites that I have visited in writing this blog:

The artist, hand crafting her unique dolls

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