In the whirl of silk, lace and pearls there was an abundance of ordinary people. With this in mind, some of us decided to look for inspiration amongst the ordinary, everyday-people of the 17th century. We began our search for Dutch paintings from the period, and found the paintings of Jan Steen (and his contemporaries) to be a good source.

Jan Steen (Dutch, Leiden 1626–1679)

Searching through the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s database, we found some interesting Dutch paintings. Another interesting site, featuring an article on what the common woman wore, proved a useful starting point.

Jan Steen (Dutch, Leiden 1626–1679)

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