I always love finding images that help me visualize life during the Regency Era.
Recently I came across some of those kinds of images, and I thought I’d share them with you.
The artist is Graham Hyde, who was popular around 1900 to 1910 for his cartoonish illustrations.
In 1902 he produced a series of illustrations for Tuck & Sons that featured village people going about their daily lives during the late Regency/early Victorian time period.
One my favorites is this one, featuring a squire and his dog:
This one depicts children running to the town square, perhaps to see a Punch-and-Judy-style show.
Other village people illustrations include the local shepherd boy …
… and a farm worker taking a break from ploughing a field.
In 1908 Graham Hyde produced another set of illustrations along the same theme of characters you might find living in a village.
This set is more stylized and leans a little more toward Mr. Hyde’s cartoon-ish side.
This one is titled “Ye Doctor.”
Then there’s this one titled, “Ye Huntsman.”
Here’s “Ye Host,” which instantly makes me think of a landlord at a country posting inn:
And finally, here’s my favorite of the set, “Ye Village Dame.” It reminds me of Mrs. Philips running to tell Mrs. Bennet the gossip concerning Wickham’s iniquities:
What do you think of these illustrations? Do any of them remind you of characters you’ve read in classic literature?