Visible Pockets in 18th Century Illustrations

Last updated: Feb 4, 2024

Pockets are usually concealed under the gown and petticoats worn by an 18th century woman, but in some artwork of the time, the pocket is visible. In some cases, it’s because she’s not quite fully dressed; in others (especially in caricatures), it seems to underscore that particular woman’s money-grubbing nature.

It’s not always one or the other, though; sometimes, a pocket is just a pocket.