Working Girls in Victorian Times
Greetings to all hope you are all safe and well. I am self isolating but still blogging. Looking forward to seeing you when it is all over
Since undergarments aka “unmentionables” were not freely discussed in polite society there seems to be a bit of speculation about where a lady would “tie” her stockings. This is a part of the painting showing one of the “working girls” with her skirts pulled back showing her garter and stockings. These show stockings tied off above the knee as well as a bit of exposed thigh enough to tease the viewer.
(If you are wondering about the “patches” on her face - patches were commonly used during this time period for a bit of fun and to add beauty marks. They were also frequently used to disguise marks on a person caused by “the pox” aka syphilis - which was a very common STD in the 18th - 19th century, especially for prostitutes. It was also one of the top killers of men at the time.)
On a brighter note - Notice the decoration on her stockings these are referred to as “clocks” and were an expensive addition to have on your stockings. These probably cost her dearly and so she continues to wear them even-though they have holes and tears in them.
Women of a certain freedom of character frequented taverns at the commencement of the last century, and the Rose, doubtless, resembled the box-lobby of a theatre. The rose tavern a brothel in Covent. Garden
Kristina J Different strokes for different folks xx