Just to stir the pot and give another view on the rivalry between the English and their cousins across the Channel, here is another fine print courtesy of the British Museum (copyright acknowledged). It shows a pair of elegantly attired French ladies dressed in white with elaborately ruched costumes, encountering three rather plain and oddly attired English ladies.
The English wear long-waisted close-fitting bodices, with skirts narrowing at the bottom, giving an oddly dumpy profile (akin to a sack of potatoes) whereas the French ladies wear gowns which are high-waisted, with full skirts to the ankle, and which are elaborately trimmed with pinked, scalloped, or embroidered frills. There is no mistaking that this is a Parisian print showing French views of English taste – brought even more into high relief by the rear views of the men in the background. The stout figure on the left, with an ill fitting coat and exaggeratedly turned down boots, is clearly English. The figure on the right is an elegantly attired Frenchman in a short full-skirted coat, well-fitting breeches, and top-boots of less extreme cut.
The print is dated November 1814.
Oh dear and just as I thought we were trying to be nice to each other…