Favorite decades: 1910's, 1800's, 1870's
Favorite artists: Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Boldini, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Lawrence
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Mädchen vor dem Lottogewölbe by Peter Fendi, 1829 Vienna, the Belvedere
The title means something like “girl in front of the lottery vault”.
I found this website while searching for pioneer clothing: Fibers of Function. They have a page with bits from the diaries of people (mostly women) going west on the Oregon Trail which mention clothing.
I particularly like this one from the diary of Helen Carpenter:
June 19, 1857
Six days past Fort Kearney, seven to Courthouse Rock
… There is a bride and groom in the Inmann party. The bride wears hoops. We have read of hoops being worn, but they had not reached Kansas before we left so these are the first we have seen and would not recommend them for this mode of traveling. The wearer has less personal privacy than the Pawnee in his blanket. In asides the bride is called “Miss Hoopy.” Fairly good grass in camp and willows for wood.
All of her entries were fun to read, actually. She seems to have been from a rather well off family, or else she just made a particularly comfortable trip.
June fashions, 1876 England, The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine
I know the girl probably isn’t supposed to be one of the main subjects here, but I’ve gotten quite a few questions about street children so I’ll tag her anyway.
Street Scene by Georg Emmanuel Ortiz. The British Museum.
They don’t have many details about this print at the British Museum, but my guess is early 1820-1825, based on their clothing. Ortiz was living in Leipzig in the 1820s, so I think that this is in Germany. There are some wild pieces of headwear in this image, including the strange grey headdress on the girl in the short-sleeved spencer and the headdress of the woman directly behind her. Also, on the far left is a soldier wearing a very unusual helmet! I know very little about early 19th century German uniforms, so if anyone out there has more information about him, I sure would appreciate it!
Dance of the Milkmaids by Francis Hayman, ca 1735 London, the V&A Museum
Working class and country people were popular subjects in rococo art, although they were not depicted as anywhere near true to life.
Also, check out the guy with the peg leg.
(From here on out, I’ll be tagging ALL decades of the 18th century. I’ll continue to tag them with “1700-69”, but I’ll also tag them with their respective decade and specific year. I know some of you have been wanting this.)
Kitchen interior with the parable of the rich man and the poor Lazarus, attributed to Pieter Cornelisz van Rijck, 1610’s the Netherlands, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam