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braveheart 2018-04-29 10:34 AM

What Ordinary People Wore in the Early 1800s
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Sjo8a4lyi...r_edited-1.jpg1808 Woman Churning Butterhttps://2.bp.blogspot.com/-USxS0uhXi...e_edited-1.jpgCountry Fair 1808Loretta reports:

Given comments on my last blog, it seemed like a good time to look at resources for what working people wore. Susan and I have written about tradespeople and servants here, here, here, here, here, and elsewhere.

They are rarely the subjects of portraits, although they might be included in scenes of, say, a great estate. Also, a few employers actually had at least some of their servants portraits painted. Later in the 1800s, Victorian servants appear in quite a few photographs. But for those of us who are looking at English dress before photography, there are other ways to get an understanding of what ordinary people wore.

William Henry Pyne is one of my go-to illustrators. I have two reprints of his work dealing with this subject: Picturesque Views of Rural Occupations in Early Nineteenth-Century England and Pyne's British Costumes.

Online, theres also his Etchings of rustic figures, for the embellishment of landscape.

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-axllno_rL...1_edited-1.jpgRustic figureshttps://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zTnn_jYNB...2_edited-1.jpgRustic figureshttps://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OxrGeJh1o...don%2B1812.jpgOther sources include satirical prints. Though we need to be aware of exaggerations, they generally seem to get the clothing details right. Images in Ackermanns Microcosm of London show ordinary people as well as those of the upper orders.

In some cases, we see a distinctive uniform for a trade or profession. The watermen or firemen, for instance. Others might wear a certain type of vest. Many professions and trades required badges. Whether ones clothes were in fashion or not would depend on ones business. A dressmaker, for instance, would need to look up-to-date. For haymakers, it was another case entirely.

14. A woman churning butter with a cloth apron tied about her waist and a mob-cap on her head, another woman milking a cow beyond. Title page lettered "The Costume of Great Britain. Designed, Engraved , and Written by W. H. Pyne." "London: Published by William Miller, Albermarle-Street. 1808." Courtesy the British Museum
Couple at fair looking at a clown and a bell ringer, W.H. Pyne, [1808], courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Rustic figures from Pyne, Etchings of rustic figures, for the embellishment of landscape.

Rowlandson, Thames Watermen from Miseries of London 1807I courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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