The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce interviewed a range of foreigners in an attempt to find out how the rest of the world viewed the contemporary inhabitant of the UK.
Britons are better dressed than Americans but they’ve got bad teeth and are conceited.
“I can’t think of anything very much other than the fact its got a very vibrant press … even though the Americans may run the world, it is the British who write about it.”
“Elegance is not typically English. Apart from the Lords, they’re a bit slovenly. They don’t dress with care,” said an Italian interviewee.