While soaking in all the wonderful clothing details that Johan Zoffany so kindly shared with us, I noticed a few things about how young lads are portrayed.
Most of them are sporting the 18th century version of a mullet -- short bangs and long hair, as seen in the painting below.
|Zoffany Lavie Children c 1770|
I also noticed that whenever people were standing in front of paintings of children they always looked at them and sighed. "awwwhh", often punctuated with "how cute". We love our kids and we love pictures of kids. Why do you think kids are such camera magnets at reenactments? Which brings me to the point of today's post -- we need to put the same amount of effort into our kid's kits as we do in ours! Don't misunderstand, that doesn't mean we have to spend the same amount of time or money, but we do need to do it right.
During the weekend of Feb 17/18, master tailor Henry Cooke will be conducting a workshop on "Constructing a Young Lad's Kit". He'll be teaching how to make an accurate kit, that is relatively easy to construct and has room for growth. Even if you don't have a young lad of your own, it's the perfect opportunity to create a few outfits to have on hand for your regiments stores. So don't miss this opportunity to make that photo op count, with really great kit for the younger set. To find out more about this workshop visit www.thehiveonline.org