Archive for January 31st, 2012

January 31, 2012

Soldiers in the Field

Drawing by Thomas Neale, dated 1657-1659. An unusual view in its rarity. There are precious few images of English ordinary troops from this period. However, there is no real provenance for the image before 1847, it may just be a forgery, so beware!

January 31, 2012

A Cornucopia

or Room for a Ram Head. Witty pamphlet published in 1642 of a discourse between a wife and her philandering husband. Some nice basic costume details here. Clearly shown are the shape of the woman’s bodice and skirt, the man’s doublet and breeches as well as their linen. The wife wears a strange pointed style coif which does appear in several other woodcuts of the time.