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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 Wigs got shorter as the century progressed; by the 1780s, shoulder-length wigs had been replaced by a shorter style known as a bag wig – one with perfectly rolled curls either side of the temples and a chignon tied with ribbon at the back.