Dressing Up Info

Welcome! 1840s Contemporary Illustrations
1845 Corpulent Trousers


This daguerreotype was taken in 1845 by Wilhelm Severin, portraitist to the royal family of Wied (though this one of an unknown man is from the civil sector). Multiple deep wrinkles in his trousers show us that they were made with extra material down the front, so that when he stands up they will go all the way up and over his pot belly, at which point they would have been suspended by bracers. He is holding a walking stick and a snuff box.