Posts tagged ‘cuffs’

October 22, 2012

Thomas Southwell…

With a gun and his dog. Painted in 1650 by an unknown artist. Not sure if he’s wearing a doublet or a buffcoat for hunting, but he has gold buttons on his cuffs and what looks like a linen bag hanging from a metal hook or loop on his hip for the critters he’s shot with his flintlock. Rather fine lace edged cuffs for hunting and it looks like his falling band has been tucked into his doublet. He also has a rather odd line of buttons running down to his belt which don’t match the closure of the doublet. This picture hangs in the Royal Armouries galleries in Leeds.

March 27, 2012

John Thurloe

Cromwell’s spymaster painted in the school of William Dobson, possibly shortly after the war. Smart black doublet and cloak with an understated band and tassels. His cuffs are quite special though and he carries a pair of thin leather gloves.

March 20, 2012

Englands Wolfe With Eagles Clawes

or The cruell Impieties of Bloud-thirsty Royalists and blasphemous Anti-Parliamentarians under the Command of that inhumane Prince Rupert, Digby and the rest. I was reminded recently of this picture when I read a new blog on our period, http://eagleclawedwolfe.wordpress.com/. Looks like it may be worth watching. Published in 1647, the Wolfe bears comparison with the Seventeenth Century Chav I commented on recently. Typical late 1640s high fashion, skimpy doublet that shows his shirt ruffles in the gap between the doublet and the straight breeches. He’s also grown the fur on his head long enough in one place to make a lovelock. What a dandy!

Here’s a close up of his midriff, showing details of his shirt and cuff ruffles, the turnbacks on his doublet sleeves and, to his great shame the undone breeches flys.

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!