18th Century Sensuality & Sex
WARNING: Erotic art. Might not be appropriate for children or the feint of heart! Learn more about the 18th Century World at Titillating Tidbits About the Life and Times of Marie Antoinette: http://leahmariebrownhistoricals.blogspot.com
The Elite Prostitutes of 18th-century Paris—and the Detectives Who Watched Their…
An article on PROSTITUTION IN 18TH CENTURY PARIS. A View of Paris With the Île de la Cité, 1763.
"The Allure of the Castrato" from Notches: (re)marks on the history of sexuality - Castrati, male singers who were castrated in childhood to preserve their upper register, were somewhat androgynous in nature as a result of the physical effects of the procedure. And, it turns out, some people liked that.
"The Syphilitic Whores of Georgian London" from The Chirurgeon's Apprentice - A blog post about syphilis in 18th century London
This small medicine bottle is inscribed 'FRIAR'S DROPS / BY THE KINGS PATENT GRANTED TO R. GRUBB 1777'. Robert Grubb's patent medicine Friar's Drops was promoted especially for its ability to cure venereal disease. Production Date: 1777-1800
'Dinner for Two' by Nicolas Lafrenson. Isis' Wardrobe: Soon to come- the 18th century erotic calendar
Isis' Wardrobe: Soon to come- the 18th century erotic calendar
Baudouin, Pierre Antoine - The Honest Model - 1769. I love the way Baudouin, a pupil of Boucher, is not afraid to expose the slightly seedy underside of 18th Century Parisian life, don't you? He's the darker, less romantic version of Boucher. ~Leah Marie Brown
18th century medical illustration of hermaphoditism. Paris, 1773. Colored mezzotint. National Library of Medicine Jacques Fabien Gautier D’Agoty (1717-1785)
"Courtship, Sex, and the Single Colonist" from the "Colonial Williamsburg Journal" - More often than not, our conception of gender roles and marriage in the past come from knowledge about the upper classes. But human nature is what it is, and for those who weren't as well off, courtship and marriage in the 18th century could be very informal by our 21st century conceptions of the past: elopements, shotgun weddings, and marriage out of love were common in the lower social classes.
"‘Very good. We’ll play blindman’s-buff.’ After drinking, we all three [Casanova, Armellina and Emilia] blindfolded one another, and then the great game began and, standing in front of me, they let me measure them several times, falling on me and laughing each time I measured to far up." from the 1932 French edition of Casanova’s Histoire de ma Vie. Watercolor by Auguste Leroux (1871-1954)
"‘Very good. We’ll play blindman’s-buff.’ After drinking, we all three [Casanova, Armellina and Emilia] blindfolded one another, and then the great game began and, standing in front of me, they let me measure them several times, falling on me and laughing each time I measured to far up." 1932 French ed of Casanova’s Histoire de ma Vie, Watercolor by Auguste Leroux
Cultureel Brabant CuBra Giacomo Casanova Deel 12
The rare book up for auction at Lyon & Turnbull called "Aristotle's Compleat Master-Piece" is actually a sex and pregnancy manual from the 17th century; it may have been banned in Britain.
17th-Century 'Aristotle' Sex Manual Goes Up For Auction
"The Old Free Method of Rouzing a Brother Sportsman", 1772; LWL 772.12.00.03