French sumptuary satire

The 17th century French engraver Abraham Bosse also engaged in satire in his illustrations of the changes that Louis XIII's sumptuary laws might have on a courtier and a lady. The courtier puts aside his striped and embellished suit in favor of a more sober ensemble, while the lady looks decidedly annoyed by the effect of change on her habillement.

Le Courtisan suivant le Dernier Édit, engraving by Abraham Bosse


La Dame Reformée engraving by Abraham Bosse