There’s a cliched pickup line dating back at least to the Victorian age. A certain sort of London rakehell might invite a certain sort of “lady” back to his rooms to “view his etchings” — by which he meant his collection of expensive erotic prints, purchased at great cost from a certain importer of printed goods from Paris, if you know what I mean and I think you do, wink wink nudge nudge.

This might have been one such etching:

erotic etching lady holds candle so he can see to slip it in

Jahsonic says the print “depicts Messalina’s famous “Lassata, sed non satiata” scene told in the Satire VI by Juvenal in which Messalina worked in a brothel under the assumed name Lycisca, or ‘The Wolf-Girl’.

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