When imagining my characters walking around Regency London or skipping (through the mud) on their country estates, I have to see them in my head. I have to know their facial features, their hairstyles and their manner of dress. I cannot picture ladies and gentlemen entering and exiting a scene—bowing and curtsying—clad in jeans, and a t-shirt that says Keep Calm and Carry On.
Fortunately, I have a plethora of books on the shelves behind me, and a chair that swivels. Not only that, but the Regency period, of only nine years (1811-1820), has had a fair share of literary/movie attention on which I can fasten my imagination. Below are a few inspirations: sample fashion plates and slice of life paintings by Charles Haigh-Wood.