Advert for TW Sanders, tea merchants
Printer: Thompson, GF
Medium: Print on paper
Duchess Anna of Bedford is credited as inspiring the 19th century trend for afternoon tea. Apparently, she tended to grow very hungry between lunch and dinner and began to order tea and cakes around four or five o’clock in the afternoon to tide her over until dinner at eight. Fashionable ladies in society followed her example and soon taking afternoon tea was a popular social occasion. In wealthy households, the servants would prepare the tea and take it to the sitting room where the hostess would pour the drink for her friends.