Pointy Hats

This is such an interesting portrait. Depicted in this painting are Mrs. Salesbury and her grandchildren of Blithfield, England. An artist named John Michael Wright painted this family in 1675. Mrs. Salesbury’s attire is that of a wealthy widow. Her pointed hat is of a type worn by affluent women throughout Britain at this date. Mrs. Salesbury is in contemporary dress and little Edward wears imitation classical attire. How did Mrs. Salesbury’s lovely pointed hat become an iconic symbol of […]

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