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Getting Wood

by | 6th, May 2004

‘SAMUEL Pepys apparently gave up writing his famous diary while still a comparatively young man because he was terrified of losing his eyesight.

Elizabethan fashion

And well we might have worried because the Sun reveals today that Pepys was the proud owner of one of the country’s most impressive collections of 17th Century porn.

The diarist collected 2,000 ballads bawdy songs, often accompanied by an illustrative woodcut.

‘Pictures of buxom women could be a selling point for a male audience,’ Professor Angela McShane Jones explains, ‘and a female one too if they described the latest fashions.

‘It is noticeable that there are more busty ballads in the large collection made by Samuel Pepys than any other collection.

‘It is hard not to suspect that there may have been a certain preference in his ballad buying.’

Professor McShane revealed that in the 17th Century every night was TV Awards night and it was fairly common for women to reveal their breasts in public.

Charles I’s wife Henrietta Maria, for instance, had a nipple-revealing dress created for her by celebrity architect Inigo Jones.

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