High Class Courtesans & Escorts In Fine Art: London to Paris

High class escorts from the georgian period
William Hogarth Rake’s Progress

Georgian London, it brings out memories of elegance, fine art and high class culture.  The scene from William Hogarth Rake’s Progress above depicts the life of a bawdy life full of fulsome fun. However underneath it all is the story of how the escorts of the 18th century secretly influenced the London financial landscape.

These scenes of the old bawdy house are a far cry from the modern high class escorts in London using the slick marketing servicing of escort agencies running businesses all online. See source elitecityescorts.com

Teeming with escorts from street walkers to high class escorts retained by dukes and other English nobility, Georgian London was a city that was built on the escort trade

Picassos work on high class escorts
Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, oil on canvas, 1907 | © cea +/Flickr

In his book “The Secret History of Georgian London: How The Wages Of Sin Shaped The Capital” historian Dan Cruickshank describes how these escorts influenced he architecture of modern London. From the new elegant streets of Marlyebone to the dirty alleys of Charing Cross. He believes from his research that over 62,500 “Harlots” were working in London during the 1700, overtaking other European cities to claim the title of Sin City.

These escorts were organised by very wealthy pimps, the entire industry generated £20 million (£1.5 billion in terms of today’s money)

London’s escorts at that time were divided into three categories, those that worked on the streets and would sell their services for a “a pint of wine and a shilling”. Next were the ladies that worked from rooms or bawdy house. Some charged by the hour or acts wanted, depending on the punter

Last but not least were the really high end escorts, the elite of all the girls working in Town. They worked in fashionable brothels similar to the brothels in Paris.

However during the early 1800’s London was knocked off her pedestal as sin city of Europe due to the arrival of street lighting and modern day policing. With the arrival of the Victorian era and new perspectives of morality meant that the escort industry of the 1800’s went underground

While London was gradually cleaning up its act, in France specially paris there was a huge interest in using working girls or high class escorts as muses.

Henri Gervex, Rolla, oil on canvas, 1878 | © Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux/WikiCommons
Henri Gervex, Rolla, oil on canvas, 1878 | © Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux/WikiCommons

The French poet Charles Baudelair once stated “ What is art? ProstitutionP”. Throughout the ages artists have used the female form for their paintings and works, however the French artists took a whole new level of making the high class escort their inspiration, their muse

Some famous artists that have used high class escorts as their muse include, Édouard Manet Blunt Olmypia, Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon and Vincent van Gogh’s Sien ( A beautiful work of art, no matter the subject

Who are the fine art collectors of exclusive London galleries?  

Fine art has been determined to be fine or the best, and usually that happens over time. When something has been researched for centuries, we come to conclude that it is something that is the best of its time, and hence fine art.  Contemporary art does not have that luxury of being around for thousands of years.  However, contemporary art can become fine art, if we can understand it to be the best example of cultural thinking.  

Building an art collection is more than investment, it’s a luxury lifestyle trait.  Many of the high-end art collectors do it to find themselves, it’s a personal journey of discovery and it’s very addictive.  Usually they find some sort of revelation or a connection with a top-class masterpiece.  

Fine art collectors do their research as they need to be informed about the history of what they buy.  The collector, usually wants to navigate around the artists’ studios, talk to the artists and look at the previous work of an artist.  Curating for top end London art exhibitions has helped the most elite art collectors to make their decisions.    

Let me get onto a prime example of a fine art collection that will totally stand out from the crowd; Leonards fine art collection has elegance, sophistication, and the painting come to life and will be classed a timeless treasure in the eyes of the elite art collectors.  

If you are a seasoned collector and you want that signature piece, you would already know about he secrets of valuing expensive painting and drawings at high end London art galleries.  

Artist usually leave their trademark, with a signature at the bottom of a drawing or painting.  Some of the important things to look out for is the style, subject matter and they way the artist signs.  Don’t forget to look at the front and back to check if the frame is original.   

Many collectors like to visit London antique road shows as it gives them the opportunity to meet other upper-class art collectors to share some valuable information on high priced pieces of artwork to be auctioned.  

In my next article, I will explain why visiting deluxe London art galleries has helped many collectors become millionaires, and among them are wealthy businessmen, Celebrities, high class escorts, and musicians.