Monthly Archives: October 2010

SO WHERE’S THE BOOK, THEN?

Good question. Next? Seriously though, it is happening. I recently plugged in several of the new blogs and that seems to work, as I hoped it would. I need to add more colour, like what was happening at the time in London and the rest of the world…. Continue reading

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THE TAILOR WHO (PARTLY) CHANGED HISTORY

The extravagances of the Prince Regent are well known, as are his love of excess in all things that gave him pleasure. It is becoming apparent that apart from extreme dissolution his main passion, which took up a considerable part of every day of … Continue reading

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TROUSERED BEFORE HIS TIME?

Writers about the Regency period and the Prince of Wales credit Beau Brummel with influencing him in the wearing of trousers, and relate that they did not come into general use until about 1800, and particularly that the Prince was apparently stro… Continue reading

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CLOTHING THE HANGERS-ON

George Hanger, Gerard Lake and John Willet Payne The tailoring accounts that I have so far transcribed (most of 1786-8) show that the Prince of Wales quite often ordered clothes from Louis for other people. Some of them were well known as his frie… Continue reading

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JAMES PILTON’S MENAGERIE

Louis’ son Joseph William, returning home in 1814 as a naval commander after seventeen years’ war service at sea, which was punctuated only by the occasional shore leave and his year-long convalescence from his wound, fell in love with Theresa Phi… Continue reading

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FROM TAILOR TO MONEYLENDER

It was by no means unusual for a West End tailor to be owed large sums of money, and Louis was owed more than most. A regency buck slang term – a snider – was used to describe a tailor who allowed a client to run up large debts. As the Prince’s bo… Continue reading

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