Bonne d’Enfant, The Workers of Paris, 1824, by Georges Gatine.
The Nanny. Great detailing in this one- make sure you click through for the big version!
The Workers of Paris, Bouquetiere (flowergirl), 1824.
Isn’t she a beauty? I love the bright color of her gown hidden behind a plain, white apron (with a pocket!), her lavish chemisette ruffle, and those cute little shoes!
Costumes Parisiens: les Ouevrieres de Paris, 1824. “Blanchisseuse de Dentelle”
Translation: The Workers of Paris- “the lace laundress”
This is the first plate from a new publication I’ll be putting up- The Workers of Paris (and no, this isn’t THAT Costumes Parisien!) published in 1824. It’s a series of about 40 engravings of fashionable working women in occupations that are often impossibly quaint and evocative of their era. Here we have the first of the lot- the lace laundress, perhaps delivering a box of freshly laundered lace? I love all the subtle lace she has peeking out- at the wrists and hem of her gown- as well as the not-so-subtle lacy cap and chemisette. I couldn’t resist the close-up crops. It’s such a charming outfit!