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A Gardener by Balthasar Denner 1735

A Gardener by Balthasar Denner(1685-1749) in 1735Balthasar Denner (1685-1749)

I could not find a larger color version of this image but I like it so much I will use it anyway.

Detail: Shoes, small shoe buckles, socks, socks over breeches, watering can, breeches, garden rake, waistcoat, shirt, suspenders, hatless

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  1. So glad to see an illustration showing how suspenders were worn. I’ve heard of a similar design attributed to Benjamin Franklin for use by a local Fire Company. I had assumed that the cross bar went in the back. Does anyone know the backside looked like? Straight down or crossed?

    Also interesting: Waistcoat tucked into breeches with suspenders on top; tiny shoe buckles; stockings worn over breeches.

    In all, a remarkable picture. Thanks!

  2. I was not aware that metal rake heads were common in the early 18th century. I would haave expected a wooden one.

  3. The tools are the same as ones gardeners use today. You could still find them in a garden supply shop, although the watering can might be plastic instead of metal.

  4. Interesting. 1735 and he’s wearing fall front breeches. The metal rake head also caught my eye. No head gear. The shoes appear to be higher than typical. Only a waistcoat. The suspenders….
    I can hear some of the “know-it-alls” screaming already!

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