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Print, Plate 16, Design for Gentleman's Costume, Journal des Luxus und der Moden (Journal of Luxury and Fashions), Vol. 4, No. 6

This is a Print. It was designed by Georg Melchior Kraus and published by Friedrich Justin Bertuch and Verlag des Landes-Industrie-Comptoirs and made for Journal des Luxus und der Moden. It is dated 1789 and we acquired it in 1952. Its medium is engraving, hand-colored with brush and watercolor on cream paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.



The creation of the fashion press accelerated and democratized fashion in the final quarter of the 18th century. While Paris had the largest number of magazines devoted to fashion, individuals in other cities, such as editor Friedrich Justin Bertuch, provided German states with their only fashion magazine of quality. While published only three years apart, there is a stark difference between these plates, showing how dramatically fashion changed after the French Revolution.

This object was donated by Richard Cranch Greenleaf (American, 1887–1961). It is credited Gift of Richard C. Greenleaf.

Its dimensions are

20.1 × 11.4 cm (7 15/16 × 4 1/2 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed in black ink, upper right margin: T. 16.

Cite this object as

Print, Plate 16, Design for Gentleman's Costume, Journal des Luxus und der Moden (Journal of Luxury and Fashions), Vol. 4, No. 6; Designed by Georg Melchior Kraus (German, 1737–1806); engraving, hand-colored with brush and watercolor on cream paper; 20.1 × 11.4 cm (7 15/16 × 4 1/2 in.); Gift of Richard C. Greenleaf; 1952-127-3

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Embroidered and Embellished.

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