de Bourgogne in Riding Habit. (1685-1712) Pierre Gobert.
The ladies' riding habits were always cut after the men's
fashion, the jackets worn with a corset underneath and as
tight as a bodice would be. The Duchesse wears a cravat with
ribbon bows, imitating male dress. French
XIV receiving the Elector of Saxony at Fontainebleau,
27 September 1714. Louis de Sylvestre, 1714. Note the high,
parted wigs and the nun's ornate in black with white ermine.
XIV in State Robes. Note the white shoes with red heels
worn with the state robes. French
XIV and his Heirs. Nicolas de Largillière, 1710-15.
For details see below. French
View of Versailles, 1722. Jean-Baptiste Martin. French
Prior, 1700. Godfrey Kneller. This is one of the most
unusual portraits of the time, showing the 'new intellectual
man', and unusual for showing Mr. Prior without his wig, but
in the short hair which was worn underneath the wig, often
even shaved like in the decades before.
XIV and his Heirs, detail. Note the child's reins, and
the boy being clad in a dress. Le Grand Dauphin's justaucorps
is obviously made of blue velvet. French
XIV and his Heirs, detail. Note Louis' brown justaucorps
and matching vest, embroidered with goldwork. The Duc's vest
and matching sleeve cuffs are made of brocaded silk, he wears
his lace cravat in the loose knot, so elegantly simple. Stockings
are still worn over the breeches. French
Prior. Simon Belle, ca. 1705. Note the matching turned
back cuffs, made from the same fabric as the waistcoat. This
fashion became 'compulsory' in the late 17th/early 18th century.
Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, early 1700's. The
son of an impoverished Royalist, he had little to help him
make his way in the world, but , although he became arguably
the greatest General of his age. Portrait by Godfrey Kneller.
Jennings and Barbara Villiers, early 1700's. Sarah, Duchess
of Marlborough, playing cards with Lady Fitzharding, formerly
Barbara Villiers, mistress to Charles II (and of the Duke
of Marlborough!). Painting by Godfrey Kneller. English
Kirke the Younger Colonel of the Regiment from 1710-1741,
he had served as a junior officer in the regiment under his
father. He died in Gibraltar in command. English