Archive for February 28th, 2012

February 28, 2012

Lord Robert Bruce

Painted at the age of seven by Cornelius Johnson in 1635. The young lord wears a silk doublet richly decorated with silver thread, blue ribbons and silver points. Just a plain falling band, but he doesn’t need anything showy with this doublet.

February 28, 2012

A Seventeenth Century Chav

A Picture of an English Antick with a list of His Ridiculous Habits and Apish Gestures, printed in November 1646. Helpfully the author has annotated the picture for us, (see below). Number 15 could apply in 2012!

February 28, 2012

The Fame, Wit and Glory of the West

Nice pair of woodcuts from a broadside printed in 1649. The blocks look well used, but the costume style is definitely 1640s. The two figures are wearing good quality civilian clothes, the man has laced falling band, braided wings on his doublet and an off-the-shoulder  cloak, swept rakishly across his chest. Also a good pair of well heeled shoes with rosette ties. The lady is tidily attired with decorated kerchief, coif and apron, front lacing bodice and stout shoes.