Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg, Londinium, c. 1572 - detail of Londoners

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Date:1572 - 1580 (c.)

Description:Townsfolk of Shakespeare's England.

For country merchant class people such as the Shakespeare family the fashions of the city were slow to be adopted. Shakespeare was swift to comment in his plays on the dress of courtiers. In Hamlet (5.2) Osric is teased for his manners, in Twelfth Night Sir Andrew Aguecheek is proud of his multi-coloured stockings (1.3), and in Cymbeline (4.2) Prince Cloten expects his status to be recognised when he reacts to the discourteous mountain men in Wales 'Thou villain base, know'st me not by my clothes.'

See: Hamlet, 5,2, lines 83-141.
Twelfth Night, 1,3, lines 128-130.
Cymbeline, 4,2, lines 83-85.


Full title: Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg, Londinium, [from Civitates orbis terrarum. Coloniae Agrippinae, 1572 - c.1580](hand-coloured)


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1570s
Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg, Londinium, c. 1572  - detail - decorative title panel
Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg, Londinium, c. 1572 - detail - decorative title panel

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1590s
John Norden, The View of London Bridge from east to west, [1597]
John Norden, The View of London Bridge from east to west, [1597]

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1610s
Jodocus Hondius, America, 1619 Map of the Americas - whole map, hand-coloured.
Jodocus Hondius, America, 1619 Map of the Americas - whole map, hand-coloured.

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