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Bonnet, ca 1830 US, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Woman’s green silk hat with wide poke bonnet brim and high crown.

Bonnet, ca 1830 US, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Woman’s green silk hat with wide poke bonnet brim and high crown.

The Waagepetersen Family by Wilhelm Bendz, 1830 Denmark (Copenhagen), Statens Museum for Kunst

The busy businessman looks up briefly from his work when his wife and two of the couple’s children enter his office within the family’s home on Store Strandstræde in Copenhagen. The Danish middle classWith its clear demonstration of the pressures of work handled by the head of the family, the picture illustrates the fundamental values for the Danish middle classes circa 1830: Family and work. The home is sparingly furnished with no unnecessary ornamentation, reflecting the thriftiness prevalent in Denmark during the hard years that followed the Napoleonic wars.Christian WaagepetersenThe head of the family shown in the picture is the wine merchant Christian Waagepetersen, one of the men who clearly marked that the middle classes had become the dominant group within Danish society after the aristocracy’s centuries of dominance.Waagepetersen was keenly interested in art and music. He frequently threw musical soirees in his home, where the leading Danish composers and musicians attended alongside painters and sculptors.Waagepetersen also commissioned several pictures addressing themes from his own life and work like this piece.

The Waagepetersen Family by Wilhelm Bendz, 1830 Denmark (Copenhagen), Statens Museum for Kunst

The busy businessman looks up briefly from his work when his wife and two of the couple’s children enter his office within the family’s home on Store Strandstræde in Copenhagen.

The Danish middle class

With its clear demonstration of the pressures of work handled by the head of the family, the picture illustrates the fundamental values for the Danish middle classes circa 1830: Family and work. The home is sparingly furnished with no unnecessary ornamentation, reflecting the thriftiness prevalent in Denmark during the hard years that followed the Napoleonic wars.

Christian Waagepetersen

The head of the family shown in the picture is the wine merchant Christian Waagepetersen, one of the men who clearly marked that the middle classes had become the dominant group within Danish society after the aristocracy’s centuries of dominance.Waagepetersen was keenly interested in art and music. He frequently threw musical soirees in his home, where the leading Danish composers and musicians attended alongside painters and sculptors.

Waagepetersen also commissioned several pictures addressing themes from his own life and work like this piece.

Portrait of Charlotte, Countess de la Bourdonnaye by George Hayter, 1830 Paris

Portrait of Charlotte, Countess de la Bourdonnaye by George Hayter, 1830 Paris

hatsfromhistory:

vintagevision:

ragbag:

know your top hat styles*
i rock a tilbury 24/7. just sayin’.
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*from: the whole art of dress! by “a cavalry officer” (1830).

hatsfromhistory:

vintagevision:

ragbag:

know your top hat styles*

i rock a tilbury 24/7. just sayin’.

__

*from: the whole art of dress! by “a cavalry officer” (1830).

Men’s housecoat, ca 1830 France, Les Arts Décoratifs

Men’s housecoat, ca 1830 France, Les Arts Décoratifs

Day dress, 1830-35 France, Les Arts Décoratifs
I wish we could see the front. :(

Day dress, 1830-35 France, Les Arts Décoratifs

I wish we could see the front. :(

Wedding dress and veil, 1830-33 US, LACMA
Evening dress, ca 1830 England, LACMA
Evening dress, ca 1830 England
Housecoat, ca 1830 France, the Met Museum
Frock coat, 1828-30 UK, the V&A Museum

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