Billiards, Ladies?

While writing my latest Harlequin historical romance, 'Playing the Mistress' I discovered ladies played billiards - and these amazing old paintings. Who…
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the cover of playing the duke's mistress by elizabeth bedgould, with an image of a woman in a blue dress
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“Every actress wants to marry a duke!” Every actress, it seems, apart from leading lady Miss Calista Fairmont. And for Darius Carlyle, the Duke of Albury, that poses a challenge he can’t resist... .
a painting of a person sitting at a pool table in a room with green walls
Love this one - not sure she's that interested ... (Odon Marffy, c1906)
a painting of people and dogs in a room with one dog looking at the other
Painter Boilly's stylish billiard ladies
an advertisement for the j m bruswick & bake co featuring women playing pool
An old advertisement
a painting of three women playing pool in a room with paintings on the wall behind them
Boutibonne (19th century)
two women playing pool in an ornately decorated room
Hansen's Victorian Ladies (amazing room)
three women in formal dress standing around a table
The Game of Billiards by Boutibonne