People in those days

W.M. Thackeray


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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