Food, Fashion and the French

  • John Richard Moores
Part of the War, Culture and Society, 1750–1850 book series (WCS)


Before we explore the more overtly political prints, it is worth discussing the generic and social stereotypes of the French. Of course, these had their own political implications and the two are not easily separable. Fashion and food were two of the most prominent themes used to define France and implicitly or explicitly celebrate the comparatively superior conditions in England. Yet such portrayals also betray empathy for the French people along with the consistent English infatuation with French culture. Behind nationalistic stereotyping lay England’s domestic insecurities and these unstable satires could also undermine idealistic conceptions of England.


National Gallery Social Stereotype Ideal Body Image French Culture Roast Beef 
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