Friday, July 3, 2009

Elegant Maids of Yesterday

There are few direct accounts given by servants in the 18th and 19th century. Most of the time what we know comes from a third party who gives either a very positive or revolting version of their life. The artists who created the paintings below show different portraits of maids who are very elegantly dressed in sophisticated fabrics, lace and simply superb caps. They are probably servants of the highest society of their time as few people were able to afford such a luxury.

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