Favorite decades: 1910's, 1800's, 1870's
Favorite artists: Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Boldini, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Lawrence
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Boy’s robe, ca 1750 France, the Victoria & Albert Museum
This boy’s robe dates from a era when young boys in Europe wore garments with skirts, a custom with unclear origins, but which most likely had to do with making it easier for them to urinate. The style was common until about 1920. A boy usually received his first breeches or trousers between four and seven years of age, sometimes in a special ceremony held by the family.
Men’s frock coat, 1745-50 Scotland
The original owner was a nobleman
Dress, 1748-52 England, Kent State
Some of these pictures are so small. Ugh.
Child’s bodice, ca 1750
Dress, 1743-49, Museum of London