Chapter Xxii

costume op the eighteenth century, from the accession op anne, and to the present period.

Gentlemen of the reigns of Queen Anne, George i, and ii., from Jeffrey's collection, published in 1757. fl, 1700-15 ; b, 1735 i c, 1745 ; d, 1755.

We have at length arrived at the last period the fashions of which can be a subject of interest or inquiry to our readers. With


vanished every relic of our chivalric costume except the sword, which still completes the full dress of the court of St. James's.

Square-cut coats and long-flapped waistcoats with pockets in them, the latter meeting the stockings, still drawn up over the knee so high as to entirely conceal the breeches, but gartered below it; large hanging cuffs and lace ruffles; the skirts of the coats stiffened out with wire or buckram, from between which peeped the hilt of the sword, deprived of the broad and splendid belt in which it swung in the preceding reigns; blue or scarlet silk stockings with gold or silver clocks; lace neckcloths; square-toed short-quartered shoes, with high red heels and small buckles; very long and formally-curled perukes, black riding-wigs, bag-wigs and nightcap-wigs ; small three-cornered hats laced with gold or silver galloon, and sometimes trimmed with feathers, composed the habit of the noblemen and gentlemen during the reigns of Queen Anne,1 and

Minuter fashions were of course continually arising and disappearing, adopted and named after

1 Watteau, born in 1684, conld not have painted before the reign of Queen Anne. He died in 1721, and his works, though much tinged with fancy, afford us authorities for the reigns of Anne and George 1. Lancret, in the same style as Watteau, died in 1724.

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