Archive for January 13th, 2012

January 13, 2012

The Coaches Overthrow

From a satirical broadside of 1636 attacking those troublesome Hackney carriage drivers, printed by John Taylor. The original image was printed upside down.

January 13, 2012

The Young Horseman

or Honest Plain-Dealing Cavalier by John Vernon printed in 1644. Not sure how many cavalry units were equipped with armour like these guys. I suspect this is the ideal rather than the norm, but nice (I assume, not being an expert) horse furniture.

January 13, 2012

The Complete Body of the Art Military

by Richard Elton in three volumes. Published in originally in 1650, this is the frontispiece to the 1668 edition, though the clothes worn by the soldiers look much more contemporary to the Civil War or even slightly earlier.

The Musketeer has a nice lacy falling band and showy rosettes lacing up his shoes, a square cut coat with decorative shoulder wings and tightly cut breeches.

The Pikeman is in full armour with a collar ruff, breeches tied below the knee and bows on his shoes. Looks a bit more 1630s than 1660s to my eyes.