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From the Lewis Walpole Library

One of the blogs about historical costume that I like to look at, American Duchess, used the frustration that came from doing her taxes as inspiration for a post full of 18th century satirical prints about taxes. When I saw this one, I just had to post it. Many luxury items were taxed in England in the late 18th century, including hair powder. In this print from 1795, this family full of wig-wearers has decided that they must do without, and wear their wigs as is. The young lady peering in the mirror looks rather distressed about it…

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 in by Hammond-Harwood House



Hammond-Harwood House

The mission of the Hammond-Harwood House Association is to preserve and to interpret the architecturally significant Hammond-Harwood House Museum and its collection of fine and decorative arts, and to explore the diverse social history associated with its occupants, both free and enslaved, for the purposes of education and appreciation.
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