Skating into the new year | Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century: Skating into the new year

January 03, 2011

Skating into the new year

Arnaud, A. d', The Sleigh. 1776, Drawing.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, and was able to rest up a bit.  I did a lot of lounging around- it was wonderful!  Now it is on to more important things, such as following through on new year resolutions! Wish me luck on that.

Anyone make a good resolution? Perhaps brush up on your 18th century history?? There, I will leave you with this lovely drawing of a winter scene in France, later half of the 18th century.  from this image you might find it is the ideal sport for the bachelor, ice skating.  Certainly a winter activity for the Dutch, Parisians were know to slide about on the Seine when it was frozen over and the ice thick enough to hold them.  But sliding about is not skating, and there was much playfulness and many tumbles!

The main focal point (besides the man who has fallen on his bottom with pooch desperate to aid him) is the lady in her best winter robe, with pup.  rather than risking the possible busing of skating, she has chosen the more popular and safe route! She can still have fun and enjoy the winter while showcasing her assets for the bachelors.  Fashionably smart.

1 comment

  1. This is a beautiful and fun print. The 18th century skates look very funny.