|Hunt, A Lady Reading|
In the early 19th century, Christmas wasn’t even close to the gigantic consumer event it is today. “20 Great Gift Ideas Under $25” or “50 Must-Have Gifts under $100” or some other list didn’t appear in every periodical, and holiday sales were not ubiquitous. Or even existent, apparently.
But sellers did offer a gentle nudge here and there. In the advertising pages of the December 1833 Court Journal, I came upon these.
Painting: William Henry Hunt, A Lady Reading (aka A Lady Reading; Mrs.
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