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Opera Dress, April 1816

"Slip of pink satin, ornamented down the front and border with black velvet in bias, under a robe of black satin richly flowered with black velvet down the sides ......

Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769 – 1830)

Lawrence might be considered the visual documentarian of the Regency, as he was one of the most important, and most prolific, portrait painters of the time. With a great deal of natural talent but no formal training (he began supporting his family with pastel portraits at the age of 10), Lawrence was accepted by Sir Joshua Reynolds as a student at the Royal Academy in 1787. He began exhibiting right away and his reputation spread. His first royal commission was for a portrait of Queen Charlotte in 1790. By 1794 he was a full Royal Academician and principal painter to King George III. By the time he was knighted in 1815, he was the most fashionable portrait painter in...

Julia Quinn Presents Bridgerton Couture

Welcome to the Bridgerton couture collection. With the help of Candice Hern, Regency author and expert extraordinaire, I've selected dresses from her collection of Regency fashion plates that I think my heroines might have liked....

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What is the Regency?

The English Regency, in its most literal interpretation, encompasses the years 1811 to 1820. It was the time during which the Prince of Wales (who later ruled as George IV) served as Regent while his father George III was so mentally unbalanced as to be unable to serve as monarch. In its broader interpretation — when used to describe periods of art, literature, fashion, design, and architecture — the Regency can encompass years as early as 1790 and as late as 1830.

The First Quadrille at Almack's

The Regency as a setting for romance is appealing in great part due to the rich dichotomy of society vs. history, the real world vs. the oblivious aristocratic fantasy world. It is that small, glittering, elegant world seemingly insulated from the horrors of the Napoleonic Wars, the beginnings of political, social, and agricultural reform, and the onset of the industrial revolution that provides a very real and complex backdrop for Candice’s novels. While the war ravaged the Continent and affected most English families through the loss of sons, husbands, fathers, brothers, and uncles, and while the Luddites rioted against industrialization, Society persevered in its elegant finery at balls and routs and parties of all kinds.

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