|original drawing by|
Estelle Ansley Worrell
(Worn through the 18th century) England, Holland, and Austria fought' against France, Spain, and Prussia in what was called King George's War.
This robe, with minor differences, was worn by government members in both England and France and by the elergy of man religious groups. Unless thero be of a specific religious order or sect is requirevor some particular judicial or gov- emrnental rank is called for in your script, this robe may be used in one of its ma@y variations.
Such robes appeared in numerous political cartoons and paintings through- out the 18th century. Sometimes the sleeves were gathered at the wrist as shown, at other times they were loose and flared. Occasionally the robe was longer in back so that it made a train about 12" in length.
One painting shows Ben FraTMin, in 1774, before the Privy Council in England. Two of the officials wear black robes and white wigs as shown here. Some wear red sleeveless robes or red robes with white collars and a large blue bow on each shoulder.
One political cartoon shows this robe in white with a black sleeveless on cover" it. Some robes were all white with black bands around the neck similar to professors' hoods. There were black sleeveless robes, too, and in one cartoon an official, obviously representing the Highlands, wears a plaid stole over his right shoulder and a Scottish bonnet on his head (see Figure 140 for bonnet)..