This is the image of Mr Darcy as per leading academics who have researched how Mr. Darcy would have looked like in the days when Jane Austen wrote “Pride and Prejudice” in the 1800s.
A seriously far cry from the tall, dark and handsome leading man aka Colin Firth. According to historians, the real-life Mr. Darcy was more likely to have a long nose, pointed chin, powdered white hair and pale complexion, according to historians.
My how times have changed.
There has been little description of him in “Pride and Prejudice”, so the academics used historical fashions from the 1790s, when it was written. At that time, “men sported powdered hair, had narrow jaws and muscular, defined legs were considered very attractive.” LOL! Any bulk or tan would suggest he was a farmer or worked in the fields.
I think Mummy’s happy to have me instead! I may not be tall dark and handsome. In fact I am blond like his powdered hair and I am fair! I have a little button nose not his stonker of a nose. But I am a girl. 🙂
May’s comment: Well, forget this. I’ll keep my fantasies!
What a let down! Let’s stick to the image of Colin Firth’s version of Mr. Darcy.
Of course this is an academician interpretation of one of the most famous “hunk” of English literature. Leave it to them to burst our bubble. We’ll stick with “Hollywood’s” version of Mr. Darcy.
The study was led by John Sutherland, Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus of Modern English Literature at University College London and Amanda Vickery, Professor of Early Modern History at Queen Mary University of London.