Tuesday, December 15, 2015

May I Have This Dance for Jane Austen Month?

Two Regency Era Illustrations

Social life during England's Regency was a literal social whirl of things such as riding to hounds, large and lavish house parties, and, of course, dancing.

For gentlemen of that era to be fully attired needs to be understood. Below, the first image being offered today depicts a pleasant looking fellow who is in "full dress." Both ladies and gentlemen wore either "half" or "full" dress, depending upon the occasion. For more about Regency attire, you may follow the link HERE.

For now, let's just enjoy the brand new craze in the second image for today: the Waltz!

[The gentleman took a great deal of coaxing, so to speak, before he would shift himself beyond the stained and blotchy page on which had I found his image. Due to my diligence, I was able to use persuasion in order to coax him into giving up his old quarters for a fresh, clean page. Despite a certain amount of pride on his part, as well as a fair amount of prejudice on my own part, we at last were able to settle for a clean, plain background. I think that he will look all the better for his new quarters, don't you?]

There are two Jane Austen quotes for this dual item post, one for each image.

For the gentleman in full dress, the quote is:

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."
~Pride and Prejudice

And for the Waltz  (with a Bonus second!):

"It may be possible to do without dancing entirely."
(sorry, no reference for this one)
~Jane Austen


"Every savage can dance."
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

More for Jane Austen month will be added tomorrow (December 16th), when it will be the anniversary of her birth!

 Happy Regency Creativity!

PPS™ Regency Gentleman + a Funny Waltz

Download Gentleman HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)

Download Funny Waltz HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)

You are free to:
use the waltz image above
in art or crafting projects
for either fun or for profit.
You are not free to:
use the image of the gentleman 
for profit or in a set or sets.
(It took ages for me to make him look 
as nice as he currently does.)
Thank you 
for helping me to 
keep free things free!


Margie said...

He is very nice. Thank you.

Plush Possum Studio said...

hi, Margie!
Thank you for stopping by. Also, you are welcome!
I think that he would have been a proper British Regency gentleman, a sort of Mr. Darcy, don't you agree?

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