Friday, 16 September 2011

Cavaliers

Have you ever though when looking at a group of male grey suited world leaders or businessmen;  how dull and frankly, boring?  The group might be enlivened with a colourfully dressed woman or if lucky Nelson Mandela in one of his wonderful shirts.  How different it might have been if fashion had taken a different direction.

The postcard is one of the Photochrom Company's Gallery series and is from the Wallace Collection  - "A Cavalier by Jean-Louis Ernest Meissonier" The picture represents a Cavalier of the time of Louis XIII - early in the 17th Century.  The card says "nearly all of this artist's pictures are very small originals, and this one is of no exception".  So perfect for postcards.  Love those long boots but if perhaps going for a more casual look

maybe this lute player is the answer especially as he seems to have a barrel of wine to hand. No indication on the back to its origin but it
was sent  from my Great Aunt Lucy in (May?) 1911 who mentions, in an afterthought, it was a lovely warm day. 

An entry to Postcard Friendship Friday

6 comments:

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I don't know when it was decided that men should dress so soberly. It's such a pity. I rather fancy seeing politicians in the long boots myself.

sarala said...

How wonderful to have these old family mementos.

Sreisaat said...

I love the fancy costumes and long boots on men - and the lovely curls don't hurt, too! We should rally to have them back, haha.

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Postcardese said...

Joy. I love your photo of the post box at the top of your blog. Where is it from?

lostforwords101 said...

This has just made me more excited for that Three Musketeers movie. Thanks for sharing!

viridian said...

How very dashing and romantic. Even tuxedos are boring.