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Middle-class couple from the north of Holland
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Dutch middle-class couple in 1800 - Engraving reproduced and digitally restored by © Norbert Pousseur


Engraving and text from The costume of the Netherlands
After drawings from Miss Semple - Ackermann London - 1817


A man and woman of north Holland.

There is nothing very striking in the appearance of this man, but the dress of the lady, her clear muslin apron, spread over her large bips, and the hinder part of the cap hanging upon her shoulders, are certainly very remarkable ; the blue stuff petticoat, pink jacket, figured red linen of her hat, brought over the edge of it, and the blue ribbon which is passed through the straw to hang down before as strings, are proofs of the North Hollanders being fonder of different colours than of such as are becoming.
They were going on a country excursion, and waiting for the passage-boat.


Obviously, the combination of sky blue and pale pink certainly did not correspond to the canons of elegance in England at that time. But nowadays, it is the man's outfit that strikes us most, as we are used to all the different types of women's clothing. (Editor's notes)
Translated with DeepL


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