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The Darling

Beards were generally been out for British military men in the 1800s: civilians might have worn them as badges of masculinity, but in the army they were perhaps a bit too close to indiscipline for comfort.

The Darling
The Darling

Moustaches seem to have been acceptable though and were cultivated in various styles. The Darling forms a lush, inverted crescent around the upper lip. If it could speak it would probably have the gravelly timbre of a gruff, gouty squire.

4 portraits

1Thomas Simson Pratt, c. 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill. 2Bernard O'Dowd, Poet, 1919 David Low. 3Federal Statistican Knibbs, 1919 David Low.
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