November 16, 2012
or a New Dispensatory Contayning 70 approved Physical rare Receits. Most necessary and needfull for all sorts of people to have in their Families. Written by Salvator Winter and published in London in October 1649. It’s one of those books that claim to cure all ills and stop your hair falling out or going grey with a few pinches of pepper and a handful of herbs from the garden. It’s highly recommended! I particularly like A Medicine for the Squinsie: “Take the ashes of Centory, and the powder of white Dogs-turd, make it into a Plaister with Honey, spread it upon a cloth and lay it upon the griefe”. Nice.
Anyway, on the front cover appear a quack doctor and his assistant, presumably selling the concoctions described within. They are both dressed smartly in late 1640s short doublets and unconfined breeches. The Doc has his doublet open from halfway down so we can see the folds of his shirt and a tall-crowned felt hat, whilst his boy is bareheaded, showing his cropped hair, possibly marking him out as an apprentice.
September 26, 2012
or Paie your Groat in the Morning. Satirical single sheet publication on the dangers of drink printed in London in 1652. Barnaby was a proverbial name for a drunkard and he is definitely the worse for wear, being comforted by a fox after a long night. He is fashionably dressed though for the early 1650s, with a short doublet under which you can see his shirt and ribbon decoration at the bottom of his unconfined breeches. Nice rosettes on his shoes and notice the detail of the construction of his cap.
August 13, 2012
To the Sonnes of Zion, Soveraignely usefull for Composing their Unbrotherly Devisions. By “a Lover of the Truth and all those that live godly in Christ Jesus, printed in London by Henry Overton, March 1647. The tract is a call for unity in all the sects that formed the opposition to the King, and the illustration has some fine details. Note the square toed high boots and the ribbon decoration on the lower edges of their unconfined breeches. The Disenting Brother on the left has a fashionable off the shoulder cloak, whilst his godly counterpart on the left wears the kind of cloak worn by professionals, lawyers, clerics with a wide hanging collar that displays the lining when worn on the sholuders.
January 30, 2012
The arch Leveller at his trial. Colonell Lilburne was one of the more politically minded soldiers of the war, but here he is wearing the height of 1649 fashion with unconfined breeches, short doublet and soft boots.