A History of English Furniture Volume 3

A History of English Furniture Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...seems excessive, being two feet four inches, but the hoop had by this time assumed such outrageous proportions that chairs no doubt had to be constructed with a special view to its accommodation and display. In a letter to the London Magazine, dated January 1741, a correspondent makes the following remarks, which are interesting as showing an accurate picture of a fine lady of the time: --'As to the origin of the Hoop, whether it was an invention, as some say, of our Country women, or as others, that it was first imported from France, I will not venture to detirmine, and I have consulted the Records of Pantins and other Habit shops about Covent Garden without finding any satisfactory account. I am apt to imagine that it took its first rise only by enlarging the form of the antient fardingale, and was confined to a very moderate and decent circumference; but when Innovations of any kind are introduced, it is very difficult to know to what a degree they may be carried; this has been the fate of this very petticoat, which from its circumference originally took the name of a hoop, but which at present extending itself into a wide oblong form has nothing of the primitive Hoop but its mere name left. I have been in a moderate large room where there have been but two ladies, who had not space enough to move without lifting up their Petticoats higher than their Grandmothers would have thought decent: I believe every one has observed to what pains a Lady is put to reduce that wide extended Petticoat to the narrow limits of a Chair or Chariot: but let her manage her getting in or out ever so skilfully or modestly, yet she makes but a very odd grotesque Figure with her Petticoat standing up half-way the glasses, and her head just peeping out above them.' The...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236526988
  • 9781236526984