For one of the white sales at La Place Clichy, Pal presents a lady in an impressively frilled housecoat as she inspects the newly purchased delicate linens as shown to her by her maid. It's quite the image of luxury.
Pal is not usually one to dress his women up in layers, but a fox stole and oversized hat are appropriate enough when selecting Christmas presents for the children at the Place Clichy department store.
A Life of Pleasure was the last play to be written and produced by Henry Pettitt. It debuted in September, 1893 and was transferred from Drury Lane to Princess's, which offered more room, and ran through February, 1894. The story tells of "a woman who succumbs to the lure of evil sensuality and falls victim to the machinations of a heartless upper-class, pleasure-loving seducer" (Fantasies of Empire, p. 199). One would not know from Pal's design that this striking lady becomes a fallen woman, but we appreciate Pal's decision to show her triumphant and independent.
This shipping company was a 1933 incorporation of two disparate companies: the Aberdeen Line, founded in 1825, and the Australian Commonwealth line, founded in 1916. In 1933, the two were purchased by the Shaw, Savill & Albion Line and merged into one. Here, we catch a glimpse of tropical palm trees as one of their steamships cruises through the Suez Canal.