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A Complete view of the dress and habits of the people of England from the establishment of the Saxons in Britain to the present time ... / Joseph Strutt.

by Strutt, Joseph, 1749-1802.
Publisher: London : R. Edwards, Bond-Street., printed by J. Nichols, for J. Edwards, Pall-Mall, 1796-1799Description: 26 cm. (hbk).Subject(s): England | customs and traditions | costume
List(s) this item appears in: PAST Design workshop - rare books | PAST introduction to archival research
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RARE BOOK 331 vol. 2 (Browse shelf) 1 Not For Loan 66666-2001
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RARE BOOK 351 vol. 1 (Browse shelf) 1 Not For Loan 66666-1001
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Patron comment on 14/02/2018

Joseph Strutt trained as an engraver who increasingly devoted himself almost entirely to antiquarian subjects, including producing engravings to illustrate his own antiquarian works. "A complete view of the dresses and habits of the people of England", a two volume work issued in 1796-1799, was the first detailed, illustrated, and properly sourced history of dress in England. The engravings were taken from drawings in manuscripts co-existing with the times that they are intended to illustrate or other monuments of antiquity equally authentic. Through this work Strutt showed the potential value of visual material as a historical source rather than as simply serving an illustrative purpose. For this reason the 1842 reprint of ‘A complete view…’ became a much used resource by Victorian artists for checking the authenticity of historical clothing for figures of the past.

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