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Nationa Costume Collection

"Exploring the Rich Tapestry of National Costumes

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: A for Alsatian and Harlequin, around 1920 (print)

A for Alsatian and Harlequin, around 1920 (print)
8600164 A for Alsatian and Harlequin, around 1920 (print) by French School, (20th century); 31x24 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Alphabet du bal costume", Hachette, publisher)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Loch Coruisk, Isle of Skye, 1832 (watercolour and pencil on paper)

Loch Coruisk, Isle of Skye, 1832 (watercolour and pencil on paper)
7528566 Loch Coruisk, Isle of Skye, 1832 (watercolour and pencil on paper) by Robson, George Fennel (1788-1833); 45x30 cm; Gallery Oldham

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Procession of a Daimyo, c.1681-84 (hand-coloured woodblock print; oban yoko-e, sumizuri-e)

Procession of a Daimyo, c.1681-84 (hand-coloured woodblock print; oban yoko-e, sumizuri-e)
5859851 Procession of a Daimyo, c.1681-84 (hand-coloured woodblock print; oban yoko-e, sumizuri-e) by Moronobu, Hishikawa (c.1618-1694); 27.2 x 38.1 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Travelling Merchant, 1866-67 ( Hand-coloured albumen silver print)

Travelling Merchant, 1866-67 ( Hand-coloured albumen silver print)
8677943 Travelling Merchant, 1866-67 ( Hand-coloured albumen silver print) by Felice, Beato (1832-1909); J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA; (add.info.: Full length portrait of a bundled up man.)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Vivaca Ragaputra, a Leaf from Ragamala Series, c. 1700-20 (opaque w/c and gold on paper)

Vivaca Ragaputra, a Leaf from Ragamala Series, c. 1700-20 (opaque w/c and gold on paper)
XOS5884557 Vivaca Ragaputra, a Leaf from Ragamala Series, c. 1700-20 (opaque w/c and gold on paper) by Indian School, (18th century); 15.7x21.5 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Breton wedding in Paimpolais illustration for the novel by Pierre Loti, 1924 (engraving)

Breton wedding in Paimpolais illustration for the novel by Pierre Loti, 1924 (engraving)
PCT4271711 Breton wedding in Paimpolais illustration for the novel by Pierre Loti, 1924 (engraving) by Rudaux, Edmond Adolphe (1840-1914); (add.info.: Icelandic fisherman, novel by Pierre Loti)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Act Two: The House of Kakogawa Honzo from the play Chushingura (Treasury of Loyal Retainers)

Act Two: The House of Kakogawa Honzo from the play Chushingura (Treasury of Loyal Retainers)
5859853 Act Two: The House of Kakogawa Honzo from the play Chushingura (Treasury of Loyal Retainers), c.1779-80 (colour woodblock print; chuban) by Shunsho

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Lovers Playing the Same Fute (parody of Xuanzong and Yang Guifei)

Lovers Playing the Same Fute (parody of Xuanzong and Yang Guifei), c.1767 (colour woodblock print; chuban)
5859759 Lovers Playing the Same Fute (parody of Xuanzong and Yang Guifei), c.1767 (colour woodblock print; chuban) by Harunobu, Suzuki (1725-70); 26.8 x 19.7 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Samurai, 1870-90 (hand-coloured albumen silver print)

Samurai, 1870-90 (hand-coloured albumen silver print)
8678081 Samurai, 1870-90 (hand-coloured albumen silver print) by Kimbei, Kusakabe (1841-1934); J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Dancing Girl, 1868 (hand-coloured albumen silver print)

Dancing Girl, 1868 (hand-coloured albumen silver print)
8677933 Dancing Girl, 1868 (hand-coloured albumen silver print) by Felice, Beato (1832-1909); J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA; (add.info.: A woman stands with left hand raised)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Sultan and Musicians, c. 1650 (opaque w/c and gold on paper)

Sultan and Musicians, c. 1650 (opaque w/c and gold on paper)
XOS5884675 Sultan and Musicians, c. 1650 (opaque w/c and gold on paper) by South Indian School, (17th century); 16.9x20.4 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA; (add.info.: Southern India)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: La Saltarelle, c.1800 (w/c & gouache)

La Saltarelle, c.1800 (w/c & gouache)
XOS5884360 La Saltarelle, c.1800 (w/c & gouache) by Papety, Dominique Louis (1815-49); 25.4x35.7 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA; (add.info.: By Dominque Louis Papety During the 15th century)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Urashimataro from the triptych Set of Three Sake Cups for the First Month 1800-01

Urashimataro from the triptych Set of Three Sake Cups for the First Month 1800-01 (colour woodblock print)
8618175 Urashimataro from the triptych Set of Three Sake Cups for the First Month 1800-01 (colour woodblock print) by Utamaro

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Czech advertisement for 6th Sokol Slet, 1912

Czech advertisement for 6th Sokol Slet, 1912
3784875 Czech advertisement for 6th Sokol Slet, 1912; (add.info.: Czech advertisement for 6th Sokol Slet, 1912. Sokol is a youth sports and gymnastics movement)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Emperor Muhammad Akbar (1542-1605) (gouache and w/c on ivory)

Emperor Muhammad Akbar (1542-1605) (gouache and w/c on ivory)
DND221217 Emperor Muhammad Akbar (1542-1605) (gouache and w/c on ivory) by Indian School; Private Collection; (add.info.: Mughal emperor of India (1556-1605);); Dinodia

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Portrait of Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605-1689), c.1678 (oil on canvas)

Portrait of Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605-1689), c.1678 (oil on canvas)
8608539 Portrait of Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605-1689), c.1678 (oil on canvas) by Largilliere, Nicolas de (1656-1746); Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum, Braunschweig

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: V for Fiddlers and Villageoise - W for Wattwoman, around 1920 (print)

V for Fiddlers and Villageoise - W for Wattwoman, around 1920 (print)
8600187 V for Fiddlers and Villageoise - W for Wattwoman, around 1920 (print) by French School, (20th century); 31x24 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Alphabet du bal costume")

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: H for Dutch and Dutch - I for Incredible and Italian - J for Judge and Jacinthe, around 1920 (print)

H for Dutch and Dutch - I for Incredible and Italian - J for Judge and Jacinthe, around 1920 (print)
8600173 H for Dutch and Dutch - I for Incredible and Italian - J for Judge and Jacinthe, around 1920 (print) by French School

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: D for Dancer and Dragon, around 1920 (print)

D for Dancer and Dragon, around 1920 (print)
8600168 D for Dancer and Dragon, around 1920 (print) by French School, (20th century); 31x24 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Alphabet du bal costume", Hachette, publisher, Paris)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Jewish women from Hadrianapolis, 16th century (Watercolour)

Jewish women from Hadrianapolis, 16th century (Watercolour)
7422837 Jewish women from Hadrianapolis, 16th century (Watercolour) by Ottoman School, (16th century); (add.info.: Geography. Turkey. Jewish women from Hadrianapolis)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Setsugekka/Oborozuki, January 10, 1900 (ink and colour on paper)

Setsugekka/Oborozuki, January 10, 1900 (ink and colour on paper)
8599103 Setsugekka/Oborozuki, January 10, 1900 (ink and colour on paper) by Chikanobu, Toyohara (1838-1912); 32.1x21.6 cm; Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Noco-Shimatt-Tash-Tanaki, Grizzly Bear, Seminole Chief, 1830 (lithograph)

Noco-Shimatt-Tash-Tanaki, Grizzly Bear, Seminole Chief, 1830 (lithograph)
3672322 Noco-Shimatt-Tash-Tanaki, Grizzly Bear, Seminole Chief, 1830 (lithograph) by Schott, Arthur (1814-75); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Co-Co-Pas, 1830 (lithograph)

Co-Co-Pas, 1830 (lithograph)
3672320 Co-Co-Pas, 1830 (lithograph) by Schott, Arthur (1814-75); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, USA; (add.info.: [Lithographs of North American Indian portraits, antiquities, landscapes)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Diegenos, 1830 (lithograph)

Diegenos, 1830 (lithograph)
3672318 Diegenos, 1830 (lithograph) by Schott, Arthur (1814-75); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, USA; (add.info.: [Lithographs of North American Indian portraits, antiquities, landscapes)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Photograph from Travels in Europe and North Africa, 1910 (b/w photo)

Photograph from Travels in Europe and North Africa, 1910 (b/w photo)
3672202 Photograph from Travels in Europe and North Africa, 1910 (b/w photo) by Shaw, Sarah Van Doren (1844-1918); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, USA; (add.info.: Frances Wells Shaw papers)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: An Eskimaux watching a seal-hole, 1824 (engraving)

An Eskimaux watching a seal-hole, 1824 (engraving)
3672099 An Eskimaux watching a seal-hole, 1824 (engraving) by Finden, Edward Francis (1791-1857); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: An Eskimaux of Igloolik, in a bird-skin jacket carrying his canoe down to the water

An Eskimaux of Igloolik, in a bird-skin jacket carrying his canoe down to the water, 1824 (engraving)
3672063 An Eskimaux of Igloolik, in a bird-skin jacket carrying his canoe down to the water, 1824 (engraving) by Finden, Edward Francis (1791-1857); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Manner of holding the line, when a walrus is struck, 1824 (engraving)

Manner of holding the line, when a walrus is struck, 1824 (engraving)
3672045 Manner of holding the line, when a walrus is struck, 1824 (engraving) by Finden, Edward Francis (1791-1857); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Eskimaux building a snow-hut, 1824 (engraving)

Eskimaux building a snow-hut, 1824 (engraving)
3671978 Eskimaux building a snow-hut, 1824 (engraving) by Finden, Edward Francis (1791-1857); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Forty three drawings of Neapolitan costume, 18th century (print)

Forty three drawings of Neapolitan costume, 18th century (print)
3671796 Forty three drawings of Neapolitan costume, 18th century (print) by Castelli, Costanzo (18th century); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Franciscan in Prayer (charcoal on paper)

Franciscan in Prayer (charcoal on paper)
3598767 Franciscan in Prayer (charcoal on paper) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (c.1488-1576); (add.info.: by Titian Uffizi, G.D.S., Firenze, Toscana)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Saturday Evening, 1900 (oil on canvas)

Saturday Evening, 1900 (oil on canvas)
8610363 Saturday Evening, 1900 (oil on canvas) by Wilhelmson, Carl Wilhelm (1866-1928); Thiel Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden; (add.info.: Painting by Carl Wilhelm Wilhelmson)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: U for Ukrainian and Uranian, around 1920 (print)

U for Ukrainian and Uranian, around 1920 (print)
8600186 U for Ukrainian and Uranian, around 1920 (print) by French School, (20th century); 31x24 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "Alphabet du bal costume", Hachette, publisher)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: E for Escuyer du Roi et Espagnole - F for Folie et Farfadet - G for Gypsy and Greek Warrior

E for Escuyer du Roi et Espagnole - F for Folie et Farfadet - G for Gypsy and Greek Warrior, around 1920 (print)
8600170 E for Escuyer du Roi et Espagnole - F for Folie et Farfadet - G for Gypsy and Greek Warrior, around 1920 (print) by French School

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Arabian fantasy, 1833 (oil on canvas)

Arabian fantasy, 1833 (oil on canvas)
7443782 Arabian fantasy, 1833 (oil on canvas) by Delacroix, Ferdinand Victor Eugene (1798-1863); Stadel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; (add.info.: By Eugene Delacroix)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Fishing in Japan, 19th century (print)

Fishing in Japan, 19th century (print)
7422803 Fishing in Japan, 19th century (print) by Japanese School, (19th century); (add.info.: Science. Zoology. Fishing in Japan. Illustration, Japan 19th cent.); © Archives Charmet

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Chief of the tribe Kytch and his daughter. Upper Nile valley, 1867 (engraving)

Chief of the tribe Kytch and his daughter. Upper Nile valley, 1867 (engraving)
6947888 Chief of the tribe Kytch and his daughter. Upper Nile valley, 1867 (engraving) by Neuville, Alphonse Marie de (1835-85); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: A tomb near the Nile cataracts, Egypt, 1880 (engraving)

A tomb near the Nile cataracts, Egypt, 1880 (engraving)
7073066 A tomb near the Nile cataracts, Egypt, 1880 (engraving) by Benett, Hippolyte Leon (1839-1917); Private Collection; (add.info.: A tomb near the Nile cataracts, Egypt)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Jerusalem in 1880 (engraving)

Jerusalem in 1880 (engraving)
7073065 Jerusalem in 1880 (engraving) by Benett, Hippolyte Leon (1839-1917); Private Collection; (add.info.: Jerusalem in 1880 " Travellers from XIX th century " by Jules Verne.Design by)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Japanese man and woman in kimonos, 18th century (print)

Japanese man and woman in kimonos, 18th century (print)
3794020 Japanese man and woman in kimonos, 18th century (print) by Ishikawa Toyonobu (1711-85); (add.info.: Japanese man and woman dressed in kimonos)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Young Japanese woman in kimono, 18th century (print)

Young Japanese woman in kimono, 18th century (print)
3794014 Young Japanese woman in kimono, 18th century (print) by Torii Kiyonobu I (1664-1729); (add.info.: Young Japanese woman in kimono - returning from the Ebisu festival)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Dance, c.1877-79 (ledger drawing)

Dance, c.1877-79 (ledger drawing)
3673021 Dance, c.1877-79 (ledger drawing) by Native American, (19th century); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, USA; (add.info.: Black Horse ledger, ca. 1877-1879 Pages 180-181)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Man and Woman native, 1798 (watercolour)

Man and Woman native, 1798 (watercolour)
3672961 Man and Woman native, 1798 (watercolour) by Alexander, William (1767-1816); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, USA; (add.info)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Nakahu and his wife Oomna, 1824 (engraving)

Nakahu and his wife Oomna, 1824 (engraving)
3672053 Nakahu and his wife Oomna, 1824 (engraving) by Finden, Edward Francis (1791-1857); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: 'Time! Thou Cheat of Human Bliss' Song, c.1770-1959 (print)

"Time! Thou Cheat of Human Bliss" Song, c.1770-1959 (print)
3671888 "Time! Thou Cheat of Human Bliss" Song, c.1770-1959 (print) by Firth, Hall & Pond (1833-1847); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Forty three drawings of Neapolitan costume, 18th century (print)

Forty three drawings of Neapolitan costume, 18th century (print)
3671863 Forty three drawings of Neapolitan costume, 18th century (print) by Castelli, Costanzo (18th century); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: Yunbo de Gualea, 1820 (watercolour)

Yunbo de Gualea, 1820 (watercolour)
3671185 Yunbo de Gualea, 1820 (watercolour) by Ecuadorian School, (19th century); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, USA; (add.info.: Costumbres de Quito art original)

Background imageNationa Costume Collection: India vendiendo fruta, 1820 (watercolour)

India vendiendo fruta, 1820 (watercolour)
3671173 India vendiendo fruta, 1820 (watercolour) by Ecuadorian School, (19th century); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois



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"Exploring the Rich Tapestry of National Costumes: A Glimpse into History and Culture" Step back in time with a captivating collection of images that unveil the beauty and diversity of national costumes from around the world. From portraits capturing renowned figures like Gabriel Hanotaux, to stunning architectural marvels such as Harlaxton Manor, this visual journey is bound to leave you enthralled. Delve into the late 19th century through a mesmerizing portrait of French historian Gabriel Hanotaux. His dignified presence exudes an air of intellectual prowess, reminding us that national costumes are not merely garments but reflections of identity and heritage. As we move forward, our gaze falls upon Harlaxton Manor's front entrance framed by an enchanting forecourt screen. This majestic manor stands as a testament to British history and its grandeur serves as a backdrop for showcasing traditional attire. Edouard Manet's portrait transports us further into the past, offering glimpses into artistic expressions intertwined with fashion. The painter's brush strokes capture not only his subject's likeness but also their essence within their national costume. Venturing beyond Europe, Waldeck's original artwork takes us on an expedition through Mesoamerica. Box 10 out of 22 reveals intricate prints depicting Goddess Teoyaomqui alongside porphyry sacrificial stones—a vivid representation of ancient rituals preserved through artistry. The allure continues with scenes from daily life at Carlisle Indian School in 1911. Witnessing students leaving home clad in chromolitho outfits showcases how national costumes played an integral role in cultural preservation during times of assimilation. Traveling southwards, we encounter Mexican Indians adorned in vibrant holiday dress—an explosion of colors that celebrate tradition and festivity. These watercolor depictions transport us to another era where indigenous communities proudly showcased their rich heritage through clothing. Further explorations take us across South America after its conquest, where indigenous people in Carthagena don their national costumes.