Full of insightful chapters such as ‘vulgarities peculiar to England’ and useful tips on ‘the use and abuse of soap’, this book is a fascinating and delightful read.
Duties of a Lady’s Maid
Explore the fascinating life of a lady’s maid in the Regency period with your facsimile copy of this 1825 book from the Chawton House collection. Full of insightful chapters such as ‘vulgarities peculiar to England’ and useful tips on ‘the use and abuse of soap’, this book is a fascinating and delightful read.
‘I have just been thinking of Betty’s sister, my dear. I should be very glad to get her a good mistress. But whether she would do for a lady’s maid, I am sure I can’t tell.’
Mrs Jennings in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (1811)
‘The Duty of a Lady’s Maid reveals something about the expectations under which the lady’s maid served, pressures she dealt with daily and under which may have been formed some of the contradictory elements present in her popular image today, whether we think of her as Bates or Braiwthwaite, Wilson or Roberts, MacEachran or O’Brien.’
Mary Ann O’Farrell, former Chawton House Library visiting fellow, Texas A&M University. Introduction to The Duties of a Lady’s Maid.
|Dimensions||168 × 105 × 30 mm|