Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A New Biography for Lovers of All Things Georgian!



Prinny’s Taylor: The Life and Times of Louis Bazalgette (1750-1830) by Charles Bazalgette


About twenty years ago, Charles Bazalgette had mostly completed re-researching the history of the
family to which all anglophone Bazalgettes belong. He was then in a position to begin investigating
his great-great-great-great grandfather, the patriarch of this scion, Louis Bazalgette, who moved to London from his native France in 1775. Information about him was scanty but over these years he ran to ground firstly his bank ledgers and then – a major breakthrough – nine years of his tailoring accounts with the Prince of Wales. Having transcribed these it was possible to cross-refer them to accounts in the newspapers which described what Prinny wore to state occasions. By that time Charles realised that he had far more than a genealogical study, but a unique slice of Georgian royal and social history. He was also surprised to find that rather little had previously been written about gentlemen’s tailoring in these times, particularly prior to the arrival on the fashion scene of ‘Beau’ Brummell. In a way this could be regarded as a ‘prequel’ to Ian Kelly’s excellent biography of Brummell.

The resulting biography is extraordinarily detailed and contains a mine of information never previously seen.

The book has been published in Kindle format in order to give it an initial audience, but a printed version will hopefully emerge in the fullness of time.

The e-book can be downloaded at Amazon US, Amazon CA, and Amazon UK and is very reasonably priced at $6.00 USD.

1 comment:

Charles Bazalgette said...

Now available in trade paperback - see:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Prinnys-Taylor-Times-Bazalgette-1750-1830/dp/098796920X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1441667580&sr=1-2&keywords=Prinny%27s+taylor

It is available from a variety of distributors and countries if you just search for the title.