When we think of 19th century artwork, a particular type of image hops to mind, often involving beards, Christian allusions, lots of sad people and a smoky palette.

But if you think all the 1800s had to offer in the ways of art was morose, elderly ship riders, think again. Behind all the religious symbolism and overly poofy collars, artists were depicting the more everyday aspects of life, even those that occurred behind closed doors.

Yes, we’re talking about erotica of the vintage variety, that perfect mix of Victorian manners and animal instincts that only gets more amusing (and titillating) over time.

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