Monday, September 6, 2010

An Interesting Take on 18th Century Shoes

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James Gillray: Fashionable Contrasts; – or – the Duchess's little shoe yeilding to the magnitude of the Duke's foot, originally published by Hannah Humphrey on January 24, 1792.

The print shows the feet & ankles of the Duke & Duchess of York (Frederick, Duke of York & Albany 1763-1827, son of George III, & Frederica Charlotte Ulrica 1767-1820, his wife), with the Duke's feet enlarged & the Duchess's feet drawn very small.
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