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The Captain

It was the norm for eighteenth century men to have clean-shaven faces and to wear wigs, regardless of class or profession.

The Captain
The Captain

Beards in this era were associated with criminals, radicals, the insane, or similarly unreasoned characters. Wigs got shorter as the century progressed; by the 1780s, shoulder-length wigs had been replaced by a shorter style known as a bag wig – one with perfectly rolled curls either side of the temples and a chignon tied with ribbon at the back.

4 portraits

1Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber. 2Sir Joseph Banks, c. 1788 Benjamin West, John Raphael Smith. 3Arthur Phillip Esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in & over the territory of New South Wales, 1789 Francis Wheatley, W Sherwin.
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