The Sucklington Faction (1641)

A satire on the dandified troop of horse raised for the King by Sir John Suckling the poet. The two men sit smoking in a cellar at a table made out of a barrel. Large felt hats and slashed braided doublets, ribbons on their breeches and soft boots with boothose. They’re both wearing embroidered baldricks and have ditched their cloaks to pad out their stools.

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3 Comments to “The Sucklington Faction (1641)”

  1. I wonder if the embroidery woulod have been put directly onto the Baldrick, or would have been attached. Have you any other examples?

    • I don’t know Mary, though I suspect if a belt was going to be used the embroidery would be direct as it might wear better. There are two nice ones already posted. Click on the baldrick tag on the right hand side of the home page.

  2. This is Abraham Bosse’s The Smokers (1630). I reckon that plenty of his works ended up being “borrowed” in their entirety by various English engravers (The Seven Deadly Sins series is another example).

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