Posted by P. Bingham on September 16, 1998 at 21:37:51:
In response to Bald Men, written by Caroline on September 14, 1998 at 19:38:36
I'm sorry I can't show you the pictures but I did find quite a few bald or balding men in an interior decoration book I have. I thought of this book because much of it is dedicated to men's abodes: An Illustrated History of Interior Decoration by Mario Praz. They are mostly a little late though:
'Goeth Dictating in his Study' by Joseph Schmeller, 1831. Goeth is not completely hairless but the top of his head is certainly shiny. But he is in his dressing gown so... But he is posing quite regally.
'Drawing Room of the Palazzo Borromeo' by Isola Bella c.1830 There is a gentleman reading a book in the drawing room, fully dressed, no dressing gown and quite unhaired.
'Baptismal Visit in the House of an Avangelical Pastor' by J.B. Pflug, 1828. There is a man enjoying coffee, I think, who is seated at the table and going bald, (meaning he is way past that receeding line and he has a moon on the top of his head.
'The Emperor Franz I in his study in the Hofburg, Vienna' etching, 1828, after a watercolor by J.S. Decker. He has some hair behind but... He is quietly reading a paper in his study, alone.
'Ernest Augustud of Hanover's Study, Royal Palace, Leinestrasse' by J.H. Kretzschmer, watercolor. He looks like he is in full dress, royal dress, with ribbons, etc. He is a little far, relaxing in a chair by himself. Almost comletely bald, just a mustache and a little hair over the ears and on his neck.
'Library at Holland House', by C.R. Leslie 1838. Two of three men are quite bald and a lady is seated in fine hat and fan. It is a relaxed setting, but the painter took great pains to make it appear so.
I found plenty of men who were progressively receding, from Regency on. But all the pictures were in basically a casual atmosphere and none of them actual portraits. But in this period there was a fad of presenting people in a casual atmosphere (paintings). Also, as you might have noticed, most of these were not in England. There were other examples but the dates deep into Victorian and Edwardian and so I did not think you were interested in those.
- Thanks! Caroline 22:26:41 9/16/98 (2)
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