Erotic depictions of women in drawing, painting, sculpture and photography from the dawn of man to the present.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Masturbating bedpost Venuses



Here we have three amusing pictures on the same theme; that of an enterprising lady using her bedpost as a convenient dildo.  This first one dates from 1785 and is an illustration by Borel, engraved by Elluin, for an edition of the French novel Thérèse Philosophe (1748), attributed to Jean-Baptiste de Boyer.  As is not uncommon in French erotica (see Emmanuelle) it mixes sexual content with philosophical proselytysing.  In this case. the pernicious and hypocritical attitudes of the French church to sex.  




This next one if from a German book Erotische Eskapaden, published in the mid nineteenth century.  Although the book was published in Germany, several of the plates illustrate men in British Army uniform, of the period of the Charge of the Light Brigade, so it is likely that the anonymous artist was British.  Here, for example, the lady has two military prints hanging on her wall illustrating a trooper of the household cavalry and a soldier from a highland regiment. 




Finally, we finish with a photograph from the late nineteenth century, when striped stockings, such as this, were all the rage, of a lady patently going all the way on her bedpost.  Well done, madame!

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