|The married maid of honour, or, the widow'd wife and her two husbands|
In 1749 all that was in the future, but tongues wagged nevertheless when she appeared at a Venetian masquerade dressed as Iphigenia. Iphigenia just before she was to be sacrificed, to be exact, and for that purpose she wore a petticoat and just about nothing on her upper body. In what is said to be a truthful rendition of her costume she is wearing a sheer chemise, but her stays stops well underneath her breasts, so they a very visible.
|Miss - in the actual dress as she appear'd in ye character of Iphigenia, at ye Jubilee Ball or Masquerade at Ranelagh|
In various satires, however, that is transformed into a completely bare upper body.
|Miss Chudleigh as Iphigenia|
And, probably for good measure, in a situation more than a little suggestive.
There is an anecdote that the king, who appreciated her costume, asked if he could place his hand of her breast, to which she replied that she could put it on a softer place and placed his hand in his head. But if that is a truthful account, well, I will leave that to you to decide.
|A masked ball in Ranelagh Gardens, the Rotunda central in the background. 1749 Etching and engraving with hand-colouring|