c. 1830: Guardsman Higgins by William Etty

“Men of the London-based Guards regiments commonly posed for artists as a means of supplementing their low wages. Strict height regulations were imposed on the Guards, with a minimum height of 5 ft 9 in (179 cm) in a period where the average height for a man was about 5 ft 4 in (163 cm). This made them excellent models for life drawing. Some went so far as to prostitute themselves for extra money, and could be found by male clients in particular London taverns.”

 

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