No. 1042: The Covent Garden Piazza, WC2
The Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2. Photo ©RogerDean 2014
London by Day and Night; Or, Men And Things In The Great Metropolis – David W.Bartlett, 1852:
THE OLD BAILEY.
We now passed into the female department of the prison – the first room we entered contained two quite handsome young women, and as a rule there was a great difference between the appearance of the male and female prisoners. The latter were ashamed, and could not conceal it. One face was really a beautiful one, and crimsoned with blushes, but some of them seemed wholly lost to goodness, and such were indescribably more horrible than any of the men’s faces. Why is it that an utterly depraved woman looks so much worse than a depraved man? It certainly is so, and perhaps the reason is, that we all expect to see virtue and beauty in women, but we are not so confident of men and when we are disappointed, the look of Vice upon the woman’s face looks more hideous than on a man’s.