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Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington
after Sir Peter Lelyoil on canvas, (circa 1665-1670)47 3/4 in. x 37 3/4 in. (1213 mm x 959 mm)Purchased, 1919NPG 1853
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27 May 2016, 08:17
Ref Lord Arlington's apparel, in the unlikely event that you are unaware... Henry B. Wheatley’s notes for the 1893 edition of Pepys, who wrote of this new fashion ‘The King hath yesterday in Council declared his resolution of setting a fashion for clothes, which he will never alter. It will be a vest, I know not well how; but it is to teach the nobility thrift, and will do good.’): There are several references to this new fashion of dress introduced by the king, Pepys saw the Duke of York put on the vest on the [13th September 1996], and he says Charles II. himself put it on on the 15th. On November 4th Pepys dressed himself in the new vest and coat. Evelyn describes the new fashion as “a comely dress after ye Persian mode” Rugge, in his Diurnal thus describes the new Court costume “In this month His Majestie and whole Court changed the fashion of their clothes, viz. a close coat of cloth, pinkt with a white taffety under the cutts. This in length reached the calf of the leg, and upon that a sercoat cutt at the breast, which hung loose and shorter than the vest six inches.” Evelyn reports, October 18th, 1666,that when the king expressed his intention never to alter this fashion, “divers courtiers and gentlemen gave his Majesty gold by way of wager that he would not persist in this resolution”
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