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By Chris Pleasance for MailOnline. With clients that included princes, artists and a future King of England, these are the women who ruled Paris from their bed.
Fascinating pictures reveal the prostitutes who featured in 'The Pretty Women of Paris' - the nineteenth century directory for the French capital's best courtesans and brothels. Published in and limited to copies, the notorious guide listed the names of the city's most famous scarlet women - along with their addresses, qualities and faults.
All of these women featured in an booklet entitled Pretty Women Of Paris, which served as a guide to the city's prostitutes for visiting English gentlemen. French prostitutes pictures is Louise Valtesse, 'she allows herself to be rummaged by anybody, and takes what she can get, refusing no man Valtesse is one of the most handsome and clever of the whores of our time,' it says.
Prostitution became legal in France in under Napoleon, who ordered that all sex workers had to register and submit to fortnightly health checks. Pictured left and right is Cora Pearl, a British-born prostitute. The guide says 'she was once served up naked, with a sprinkling of parsley, upon an enormous dish borne by four men'. Cora dressed creatively, with the intent to provoke either shock or awe, and dyed her hair with bold colours.
She was once seen riding out in her carriage, her hair dyed to match the carriage's yellow satin interior. By French prostitutes pictures were officially brothels in Paris alone, although the true was likely far higher. Alice was an acting prodigy and was rushed onto the stage by her parents when she French prostitutes pictures 18 years old.
By law French brothels had to be run by a woman, typically a former prostitute. Left is Jeanne Aladie, whose 'low tastes, arising from her early education, will amuse those whose palates are satiated with finely prepared dishes,' the guide says.
Right is Delphine Delizy, who 'is thirty-eight, but we are duty bound to state that she is still of very appetising aspect The handbook - which was French prostitutes pictures at visiting English gentlemen in Paris - meticulously described the sexual specialities and background of every prostitute.
Under Napoleon, prostitution became legal in France and the booklet arranges the various courtesans in Paris by district for ease for the potential customer. The collection also includes British-born Cora Pearl, who was based at 6 Rue Christophe Colomb and is described in the handbook as being 'One of the most celebrated whores of her time'. Meanwhile another image shows Alice Lody who could be found at 12 Rue d'Edimbourg - the directory describes how 'For money she will do all you may ask her'. Prostitution was French prostitutes pictures and regulated in France throughout the nineteenth century.
When Napoleon become Emperor inhe ordered the registration and fortnightly health inspection of all sex workers in France. Five years later, Paris alone had officially approved brothels. By law, these brothels had to be run by a woman - typically a former prostitute - and their external appearance had to be discreet.
The Paris guide was divided by district, allowing gentlemen to easily find the women they were after. Left and right is Leonide Leblanc, of 1 Rue d'Offemont. The guide says 'it is difficult to do justice to such a celebrated whore She ate a pennyworth of fried potatoes with one admirer, French prostitutes pictures truffles the following week with another'.
For those acquiring her services, it was said 'you will find yourself looking at a tall, dark, elegant young woman, with smiling mouth, handsome nose and a dainty chin with a tiny dimple'. It adds 'her principal lover is a young banker, who is too sensible to be jealous … and if a client has a good voice, he had better in at once, when a most enchanting trio may be performed with her sister'.
Left and right is Alice Marot, of 4 Rue De Marignan, who is described as a 'sprightly, fair, little whore [who] has been very lucky. After a more than usually chequered career upon the boards of provincial theatres, she came to Paris, and at the Palais Royal Theatre enlarged the circle of her lovers'.
Ellen Andree, also of the Palais Royal Theatre. It is written in the guide that 'she takes many lovers especially artists in the capital city and is happy to be seen minimal clothing'. Left is Julia de Clery, of 16 Place French prostitutes pictures Havre, who 'was a member of French prostitutes pictures Rieuses the Merry Women - a lesbian association entirely composed of Parisian actresses, which held monthly dinners from which men were excluded and after which they spent the night together.
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