Clothing Gallery – Women

The Wenceslaus Hollar engravings featured here were fetched from the Hollar section of Wikimedia Commons.

All the images displayed are British (as far as I know). Dutch genre paintings are not included as it is uncertain that the same style of clothing was worn there at this time (1620-1650).

See Also The 1640s Picturebook, Costume & Stuff from the English Civil War

Lower Class/’Common’

English Country Woman, Wenceslaus Hollar. 1643 (Source British Museum)

Ballad seller from Royal Exchange engraving by Wenceslaus Hollar.

Ballad seller. W Hollar.

Cries of London, c. 1644. Three Street Sellers with purses.

Cries of London, c. 1644. Three Street Sellers with purses.

Cries of London, c. 1644. (Neckerchiefs).

Cries of London, c. 1644. (Neckerchiefs).

Cries of London, c. 1644. (Bands/Collars).

Cries of London, c. 1644. (Bands/Collars).

 

The Cryes of London printed 1655. (Source British Museum)

The Cryes of London printed 1655. (Source British Museum)

 

John & Mary Champion 1647.

John & Mary Champion 1647.

Morris dancing at Richmond 1620. Featuring and contrasting clothing from the lower class and gentry. Click on picture for larger image.

Woman spinning c1620

Cries of London – Early 17th century. Click on picture to go to larger image.

Middle Class / Urban

Servant or housewife. Wenceslas Hollar 1640.

Citizen of London, Wenceslaus Hollar. 1643

Woman apparently wearing a gown, over a brocade skirt. Wenceslaus Hollar. 1640.

Woman wearing three petticoats and waistcoat. Wenceslaus Hollar. 1640

Ester Tradescant and step-son 1645 (Ashmoean).

Gentry/Aristocracy

1630-40 woman’s jacket of fustian with high waist, very full sleeves set into the back and narrow shoulder wings. The whole garment is worked in chain stitch in silver thread. The embroidery design consists of meandering lines and a motif resembling a sycamore seed case, embellished with spangles. The neck, front and lower hem are edged with a simple bobbin lace of silver thread and spangles. For more details and back view see: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O101730/jacket/

Anne Sophia, Countess of Carnarvon, Van Dyck. 1630’s

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