Print, Plate 8, Design for Gentleman's Costume, Journal des Luxus und der Moden (Journal of Luxury and Fashions), Vol. 2, No. 3
This is a Print. It was designed by Georg Melchior Kraus and published by Friedrich Justin Bertuch and Verlag des Landes-Industrie-Comptoirs and made for Journal des Luxus und der Moden. It is dated 1787 and we acquired it in 1952. Its medium is engraving, hand-colored with brush and watercolor on cream paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
These fashion plates date to the final years of the 1780s and illustrate the marked shift toward a more understated elegance for men. Soft, buff-colored breeches with simple ties at the knee were worn with top boots and spurs, suggesting outdoorsy pursuits. The waistcoat, perhaps printed rather than embroidered, is squared off along the bottom edge, its lower half revealed by the long black cutaway coat. This gentleman’s hair appears unpowdered and is topped with a wide-brimmed, round hat. The only ornamentation is the fob ribbon with a gold sealing wax stamp that hangs below the waist.
This object was
Richard Cranch Greenleaf (American, 1887–1961).
It is credited
Gift of Richard C. Greenleaf.
Its dimensions are
20.2 × 11.5 cm (7 15/16 × 4 1/2 in.)
It is inscribed
Printed in black ink, upper right margin: T. 8.
Cite this object as
Print, Plate 8, Design for Gentleman's Costume, Journal des Luxus und der Moden (Journal of Luxury and Fashions), Vol. 2, No. 3; Designed by Georg Melchior Kraus (German, 1737–1806); Published by Friedrich Justin Bertuch (German, 1747–1822), Verlag des Landes-Industrie-Comptoirs; Made for Journal des Luxus und der Moden; engraving, hand-colored with brush and watercolor on cream paper; 20.2 × 11.5 cm (7 15/16 × 4 1/2 in.); Gift of Richard C. Greenleaf; 1952-127-17
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Embroidered and Embellished.