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Clothes of the Common People In Elizabethan and Early Stuart England

Appendix 2: The Corpus


The Corpus Pictorum or body of illustrations contains those period illustrations which show information relating to the clothing of the common people of England and Wales between 1558 and 1660. The corpus fills volumes 29, 30 and 31. Each image is classified as either Solid, No Later Than, Orphan, Circa or Maritime (see below) and the images are grouped firstly by those classifications and within those classifications are ordered chronologically. The Corpus Justified, volumes 27 and 28, explains why each illustration has been given the classification and corpus number it holds. Reasoned Rejects, volume 32, explains why certain images have been excluded from the corpus.


Chapter Title Page
Vol 29 Corpus Introduction and Key 2
Corpus: Solid Part 1 from 1558 to 1629 [s] 5
Vol 30 Corpus: Solid Part 2 from 1630 to 1660 [s] 2
Corpus: Circa [c] 41
Corpus: Maritime 51
Vol 31 Corpus: No Later Than [nl] 2
Corpus: Orphans [nlo] 30

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