Boy’s Coat, anonymous, c. 1770 - c. 1780

Boy’s Coat, anonymous, c. 1770 - c. 1780

silk, h 46cm. More details

This coat was probably worn by Willem Hendrik Heemstra, who was born in 1779. In this period it was not unusual for boys and men to wear pink, a colour then not yet associated with girls. Men’s fashion dictated that the front was cut curving far back. As a result, the coat could only be fastened across the chest with a hook and eye.

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