Grimaldi the Clown costume: 1801-1823

 
Grimaldi the Clown costume: 1801-1823
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

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This costume was worn by the clown Joseph Grimaldi when performing on the London stage. The costume includes breeches with slit sides and is decorated with silver sequins and red worsted braid similar to that used to edge printed cotton furnishings of the early 19th century. The style of decoration and its scallops echoes the new Romantic Gothic motifs coming into fashion in the early 19th century.

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