Wikipedia writes:

“Women: Court dress included elaborate and intricate styles influenced by Rococo; hoop skirts; panniers;[1] corsets; petticoats; stays; conical torso shape with large hips; “standardized courtly bodies and faces” with little individuality[4]

French: Elaborate court dress, colorful,decorative, portraiture inside

English: Simple and practical, inexpensive durable fabrics, outdoor lifestyle,[5] portraiture outside”

Mr and Mrs Andrews

Fig. 1 - Thomas Gainsborough (English, 1727 - 1788). Mr and Mrs Andrews, c. 1750. Oil on canvas; 69.8 x 119.4 cm. London: National Gallery, NG6301. Bought with contributions from The Pilgrim Trust, The Art Fund, Associated Television Ltd, and Mr and Mrs W. W. Spooner, 1960. Source: The National Gallery

Robe à la française

Fig. 2 - Designer unknown (English). Robe à la française, c. 1750. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum. Source: Pinterest

Woman's Dress (Robe à la française) with Matching Stomacher and Petticoat

Fig. 3 - Designer unknown (French). Woman's Dress (Robe à la française) with Matching Stomacher and Petticoat, c. 1755-1760. Chinese export silk-brocaded satin, silk and silk chenille looped fringe; Center Back Length: 160 cm, Waist: 59.7 cm (Center Back Length: 63 inches, Waist: 23.5 inches). Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1988-83-1a--c. Purchased with the John D. McIlhenny Fund, the John T. Morris Fund, the Elizabeth Wandell Smith Fund, and with funds contributed by Mrs. Howard H. Lewis and Marion Boulton Stroud, 1988. Source: The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Dress, Mantua, Bodice, Train

Fig. 4 - Designer unknown (British). Dress, Mantua, Bodice, Train, 1750 - 1770. Silk brocade, Gold, Linen; dimensions unknown. Edinburgh: National Museum of Scotland, K.2013.67.1. Source: National Museum of Scotland

Portrait of a Woman in Dark Blue

Fig. 5 - Arthur Devis (British, English, (1712–1787)). Portrait of a Woman in Dark Blue, c. 1750. Oil On Canvas; dimensions unknown. Birmingham: Birmingham Museums, 1953P457. Source: Birmingham Museums


Wikipedia writes:

“Men: Coat; waistcoat: breeches; large cuffs; more attention on individual pieces of the suit;[5] wigs for formal occasions; long and powdered hair”

Royal Company of Archers Uniform Coat

Fig. 1 - Designer unknown (British). Royal Company of Archers Uniform Coat, c. 1750. Wool, Linen, Wood, Silk; dimensions unknown. Edinburgh: National Museum of Scotland, A.1993.62 A. Source: The National Museum of Scotland



Historical Context

Wikipedia: 1750s

Map of Europe in 1750. Source: Wikimedia Commons


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Primary/Period Sources

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Secondary Sources

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