earrings on men, women and children
Posted by Caroline on November 30, 1997 at 23:41:09:
In response to earrings, written by Caroline on November 24, 1997 at 09:08:10
One great source for pictures is Carol Jackson's Virtual Art Museum. I won't link it, because she puts up a wonderful reason for not linking her- she has had mirror sites crash because of indiscriminate linking- and I'd hate to cause her any trouble.But she's easy to find, and well worth a visit.
She classifies artists under country and date of birth, so you can easily look for portraitists like Gaisborough, Constable,Reynolds and Lawrence, and see how they dealt with earrings. In looking at these pictures, I came to some tentative conclusions.
1. Prior to about1790, all young women, and older ones, wear earrings. After that date, when the new style dresses come in, NO women, whether married or unmarried, wear earrings.That in itself, I find interesting, because the Greeks and Romans both wore them!
2. No men wore earrings (apart from Horatio)Not even Admiral Viscount Keppel. Which leaves me wondering what H N was up to.
3. No children wore earrings.
Looking at Canada Schoolnet, which you cannot get into unless they give you a password, I found lots of pictures of women in earrings, all post- 1820.Ther eare not many pre-1820 women ther, but I didn't find any earrings.
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