Always so many things to love about this painting. The pumpkin breeches, the cod piece, the pinky ring, the flushed cheeks above a scruffy beard, the tailoring shears…
Giovanni Battista Moroni’s The Tailor (from 1565-70) is the Picture of the Month at London’s National Portrait Gallery. See what they have to say about it here.
Tomorrow they’re hosting a talk about fashion and accessories in art, given by Lois Oliver and Jenny Tiramani – wish I could be there! Details here.
In the archives of Sweden’s Royal Armoury, from 1669:
Cloth of silver petticoat breeches – 22″ waist, with 56″ circumference for each leg. (Each. Leg!) Approx. 5 yards of 4″ silver lace around hem and along side seams, with an additional 16 yds of 1/2″ inch trip applied vertically along the hem (inserted into small slits in the fabric, under the lace). There are traces of old stitches along the sides where rosettes or loops of ribbon might have originally been attached. Two hidden pockets on interior of waistband, two large pockets along sides (though not on actual seams.)
Possibly worn with this?:
Coming across a portrait with such perfect details in the clothing is so satisfying. Look at these wonderful pleats in his linen cuffs:
detail Jacob Cats
Here’s the full portrait:
“Portret van Jacob Cats” by Ludolph de Jongh, 1659. Haags Historisch Museum.