"Six Stages Of Mending A Face" by Thomas Rowlandson, 1792. Modernist says: “Women enjoyed a certain privilege in 18th century France and Britain, commonly being the owners of coffee shops, print houses and other locations where free expression were encouraged. A pretty face and a gentleman’s wit were powerful tools to the Georgian Londonite, regardless of social background and a women might manufacture an entirely different persona and aesthetic to improve on her position and engage with the most fashionable thinkers and artists at the time. So pervasive was the habit, that legislation was proposed in 1770 to protect men from being duped into marriage by women less attractive than they appeared to be. Likewise, the dangers of prostitution and disease made ambitious women a social hazard at the time. Rowlandson’s cartoon should be read from the top left, clockwise. The prostitute attaches false hair, a glass eye, her teeth and applies make up using a hare’s foot. The death mask she holds in the final form demonstrates hazard more than intent to kill.”

"Six Stages Of Mending A Face" by Thomas Rowlandson, 1792. Modernist says: “Women enjoyed a certain privilege in 18th century France and Britain, commonly being the owners of coffee shops, print houses and other locations where free expression were encouraged. A pretty face and a gentleman’s wit were powerful tools to the Georgian Londonite, regardless of social background and a women might manufacture an entirely different persona and aesthetic to improve on her position and engage with the most fashionable thinkers and artists at the time. So pervasive was the habit, that legislation was proposed in 1770 to protect men from being duped into marriage by women less attractive than they appeared to be. Likewise, the dangers of prostitution and disease made ambitious women a social hazard at the time. Rowlandson’s cartoon should be read from the top left, clockwise. The prostitute attaches false hair, a glass eye, her teeth and applies make up using a hare’s foot. The death mask she holds in the final form demonstrates hazard more than intent to kill.”