Once cut into cards, Regency era party-goers could draw these figures out of a hat, then perform the characters–a host might also send such cards to guests in advance to allow them to prepare suitable costumes. Festivities on January 6th, which is also known as Three Kings’ Day or the Feast of the Epiphany, concluded the Christmas season and often included games that disrupted the normal social order; a servant, for example, might be elevated to monarch of the feast. Specially decorated cakes were enjoyed and examples appear here next to the king and queen.
Rowlandson’s figures have no obvious connection to Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” Scholars do, however, posit that that play may have first been performed at the end of the Christmas season, and note how the dramatic shifts of fortune, costume and gender that occur in the plot echo Tudor Twelfth Night revels.
Note – when creating the Washington Regency Society, founding members had only one rule: “Be excellent to each other!” Continuing on that path we ask everyone to recognize that even though Cultural Appropriation was rampant in the English Regency, the people attending this ball are modern people, with modern sensibilities. In order to respect each other (and be excellent) we ask that you not appropriate cultures not your own at our event.
Or maybe you are more inspired by this modern interpretation of Queen Charlotte and King George III
or the mature Queen Charlotte from Bridgerton?
Do you see yourself as an 18th Century Maharaja?
Colonel Andrews from Austenland would have been a great Lord Flutter 🙂
While in Austenland, wouldn’t
Jennifer Coolidge as Miss Elizabeth Charming
make a great Lady Careless?
Will Mondrich – the former boxer, now club owner, in Bridgerton would make a very fine Buck – in fact better than Sir Timothy Spruce!
Perhaps real life William Murray, First Earl of Mansfield inspires.
As the most powerful British jurist of the century,
Mansfield’s decisions reflected the Age of Enlightenment
and moved the country onto the path to abolishing slavery.
Edwina, Kate and Mrs. Sharma are all pretty sparkly in this scene!
Mature Lady Danbury reminds me of Priscilla Prudent — perhaps it’s the purple pelisse?
Maybe the real Historical figure Ignatius Sancho inspires you – Major Matchless can’t compare to Mr. Sancho, British abolitionist, writer and composer.
Arthur from Sanditon reminds one of Sir Charles Worthy! Who is Miss Lamb like?
Yes – there is a Lydia above but Miss Gadabout’s description fits Lydia Bennet to a T.