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Dummy Board of a Girl in Costume of the William and Mary Period
Dummy Board of a Girl in Costume of the William and Mary Period
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Dummy Board of a Boy in Costume of the William and Mary Period
Dummy Board of a Boy in Costume of the William and Mary Period
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Mennabroom, St Neot, Cornwall. 1961
Mennabroom, St Neot, Cornwall. 1961
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Penelewey Barton Farmhouse, Kea, Cornwall. Around 1920s
Penelewey Barton Farmhouse, Kea, Cornwall. Around 1920s
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View through the village, Mitchell, St Newlyn East, Cornwall. 1967
View through the village, Mitchell, St Newlyn East, Cornwall. 1967
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Launceston from St Thomas Road Newport, Cornwall. Around 1920s
Launceston from St Thomas Road Newport, Cornwall. Around 1920s
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Launceston from Newport, Cornwall. 1894
Launceston from Newport, Cornwall. 1894
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St Benets Abbey, Lanivet, Cornwall. 1982
St Benets Abbey, Lanivet, Cornwall. 1982
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Tretawn, St Kew, Cornwall, 1957
Tretawn, St Kew, Cornwall, 1957
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Cornish Arms, Pendoggett, Cornwall. Date unknown
Cornish Arms, Pendoggett, Cornwall. Date unknown
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The bridge, Wadebridge, Cornwall. Early 1900s
The bridge, Wadebridge, Cornwall. Early 1900s
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St Stephens Hill, Newport, Launceston, Cornwall. 1973
St Stephens Hill, Newport, Launceston, Cornwall. 1973
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Dummy Board of a Girl in Costume of the William and Mary Period Featured Print

Dummy Board of a Girl in Costume of the William and Mary Period

Wooden painted screen dating from around 1689-1702. Dummy boards were usually placed in empty spaces, such as a staircase or empty fireplace, in large houses. They may have been amusement pieces, created to trick the eye into thinking the painted boards were real people. This kind of painting, known as trompe l'oeil, was very popular at the time. The girl is pictured wearing fashion typical of the period including a long gown with sleeves to the elbow to show an under-sleeve of white lace and a black silk pinner (apron). Her hair is worn high with a frontage headdress. She is carrying a spaniel on one arm and holding a black mask in her other hand. These masks were sometimes worn by women when walking or riding outdoors to protect the face from sunburn. During this period it was fashionable to have pale skin

© RIC, photographer Mike Searle

Launceston from St Stephens Hill, Newport, Cornwall. Around 1893
Launceston from St Stephens Hill, Newport, Cornwall. Around 1893
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Colliford Reservoir, St Neot, Cornwall. 1983
Colliford Reservoir, St Neot, Cornwall. 1983
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View through the village, Mitchell, St Newlyn East, Cornwall. 1957
View through the village, Mitchell, St Newlyn East, Cornwall. 1957
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