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18th Century Material Culture

Infants & Infant Clothing


Portraits
A Sleeping Dutch Infant
by Elisabeth van Woensel 1776
(Rijksmuseum)
Elizabeth Clark Freake and Baby Mary
by The Freake Limner a.k.a. Freake-Gibbs Painter c. 1672
(Worcester Art Museum)
An English Woman with Her Child
c. 1740
(Victoria & Albert)
Elizabeth Mortlock and her Son
by John Downman 1779
(Public Domain)
Portrait Of A Lady, Said To Be Elizabeth, Wife Of Robert Boyd of Castle Law
by Phillippe Mercier (1689 - 1760)
(Public Domain)
Mary Beale
c. 1690 - 1730
(Victoria & Albert)
Swaddling
Clothes
German Ivory Crying Baby in Swaddling Clothes
by Johann Christian Ludwig von Lücke c. 1753 - 1755
(Victoria & Albert)
French Linen Swaddling Band
c. 1700 - 1750
(Victoria & Albert)
Linen Swaddling Clothes
18th - Early 19th Century
(Victoria & Albert)
Linen Swaddling Clothes
18th - Early 19th Century
(Victoria & Albert)
Linen Swaddling Clothes
18th - Early 19th Century
(Victoria & Albert)
Layette
Pin Cushions
American Silk Layette Pin Cushion
“WELCOME LITTLE STRANGER 1770”
(Winterthur)
American Silk Layette Pin Cushion
“WELCOME LITTLE STRANGER 1770”
(Winterthur)
American Silk & Linen Layette Pin Pillow
“GOD BLES THE BABE” RMM 1777
(Winterthur)
Silk & Linen Layette Pin Pillow
“GOD BLES THE BABE” RMM 1777
(Winterthur)
English Layette Pin Pillow
1778
(Winterthur)
English Layette Pin Pillow
“Health to the Little Stranger” 1784
(Victoria & Albert)
American Silk & Linen Pin Pillow
“God for ever bless the dear babe” c. 1775 - 1800
(Winterthur)
American Silk & Linen Pin Pillow
“God for ever bless the dear babe” c. 1775 - 1800
(Winterthur)
Baby Clothing
Christening Gown of Charles II
17th Century
(Kerry Taylor Auctions)
Christening Gown of Charles II
17th Century
(Kerry Taylor Auctions)
English Linen & Bobbin Lace Bib & Cuffs
18th Century
(Victoria & Albert)
Baby Chemise
c. 1740 - 1760
(National Trust - Dudmaston)
English Printed Cotton Wrapping Gown
c. 1750
(Victoria & Albert)
An Infant Shirt of Block Printed Cloth Worn by Mary Arnold
c. 1776
(Newport Historical Society)
An Infant Shirt of Block Printed Cloth Worn by Mary Arnold
c. 1776
(Newport Historical Society)
An Infant Shirt of Block Printed Cloth Worn by Mary Arnold
c. 1776
(Newport Historical Society)
Birth & Baptismal
Certificates
American Birth and Baptismal Certificate for New Jersey
1775
(Christie’s Auction House)
American Birth and Baptismal Certificate for Calico Township, Pennsylvania,
1783
(Christie’s Auction House)
A Birth and Baptismal Certificate Fraktur for Anna Gesgardin of Pennsylvania
1787
(Skinner)
Christening
Cups
English Silver Christening Cup
by Edward Feline 1731
(Victoria & Albert)
“Le BAPTEME ADMINISTRE...”
by Bernard Picart 1722
(Rijksmuseum)
“Le BAPTEME ADMINISTRE...”
by Bernard Picart 1722
(Rijksmuseum)
“Le BAPTEME ADMINISTRE...”
by Bernard Picart 1722
(Rijksmuseum)
Bearing Cloths
Blankets
European Silk with Silk & Metal Threads Bearing Cloth
Late 17th - Early 18th Century
(Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)
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