Ruffled cuffs (these are from c1764) must have been an encumbrance; becoming quickly soiled by everything they brushed against and snagging on every protuberance they encountered. Ostensibly, though,their admirers were many for the trend flourished throughout the seventeenth- and eighteenth-centuries, until around 1780.
Thomas Gainsborough (British, 1727-1788), "Lady in a Mob Cap," about 1763; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Gift of John G. Rauch, 49.1
ca. 1756, England According to vendor, the gown was worn by Ursula Westof of Leichester, who married John Robinson of Hinkley, Sept.9, 1756; she died 1778.
Dress | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Remodeled 1763. Silk: England (Spitalfields), design about 1740.
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