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Portrait en buste de la Marquise de Pompadour et Madame de Maintenon dont les plongeants décolletés fûrent cachés ultérieurement au crayon. / Head and shoulders portraits of Marquise de Pompadour and Madame de Maintenon; their plunging necklines was later hidden with pencilling.

Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour and Françoise D'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon 1871, 1870

Livernois et Bienvenu, photographe
Musée de la civilisation, fonds d'archives du Séminaire de Québec, PH1988-1835 and PH1988-1580

Vulgar Display and Nudity

"The circumstance that renders luxury of dress in girls and women infinitely injurious is the indecency and scandalous immodesty of the dress itself, which are evident in the nudity of the shoulder and bosom that is exposed or merely covered with transparent cloth, which is absolutely forbidden, and must never be tolerated, being the cause of the fall of an infinite number of souls, according to the word of the Holy Ghost in the Scriptures, Who warns us to turn our gaze away from an indecently attired woman, because many have perished charmed by such pompous and vain outward appearances.

All this dissoluteness commences at a very early age, when we see little girls, even those of mean extraction, attired and decked out like dolls and shown off with bare shoulders and bosoms, a fashion that they continue to follow when they are older and even married. This is what goes on in the country, to the great scandal of this new Christianity, luxury and a great number of sins that are the inseparable consequences".

Têtu, H. et C.O. Gagnon, éd. Mandements, lettres pastorales et circulaires des Évêques de Québec, Québec, Imprimerie Générale A. Côté, 1887.