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Christopher Anstey with his daughter by William Hoare 1778

Posted by on October 15, 2014

Christopher Anstey with his daughter by William Hoare(1707-1792) 1778William Hoare (1707-1792)

I am not sure what to call the girl headware, ideas?

Detail: book, paper, quill, ink stand, inkwell, lace, table, coat, waistcoat, matching coat and waistcoat, cravat, girl, doll, fashion doll, doll dress, plumes, gown, cloth covered buttons

6 Responses to Christopher Anstey with his daughter by William Hoare 1778

  1. Morgan Gardner

    Hmmm.
    It seems that Christopher Anstey is justifiably concerned about the effects this daughter’s Macaroni Barbie is having on her moral and cultural development. And if that new hat is any indication, the battle is already being lost! We hope the volume on the desk is a Book of Common Prayer. God knows we feel his pain!

  2. Maxim

    It looks like a sort of turban.

  3. SiobhanP

    Would it be a mobcap? It’s hard to tell if that’s a gather with fringe below, but it’s the time period when mobcaps were a Thing.

  4. Melodie

    Since she’s playing with a doll could she also be showing off to her Daddy some dress-up play? Could she be playing dress-up in her Mother’s wig that is dressed with ribbons, etc?

    • Jon Townsend

      Dolls like this sometimes came dressed in the latest fashion directly from France so the ladies would know what the latest fashions were.

  5. Melodie

    I was thinking of what the little girl is wearing on her head. Could it be a wig that she is playing dress up in? Just a guess. I used to love wearing my grandmother’s hats and gloves when I was a little girl.

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