|January 10, 1787|
An Englishman in hunting dress à l'abattue.*
The English felt that coats trimmed with buttons told the gun dog to relax, to drop the trail, and even to go off alone, because it was confused by the buttons; they wear them for the hunt only fastened with pins. Is it to avoid that danger, or to have the limbs more free, or only not to be caught by tree branches in the wood, that nearly all our hunters go out in shooting or drawing vests? We don't know. Whatever the motive, the English coat for going hunting seems to us to be preferred. It covers better, and deprives the eye of the tall and thin figure a man in a vest presents.
The dress of the Englishman shown in this Plate is a great redingote of bottle-green wool, with very long skirts, very short waist, and three collars. This redingote is without buttons, and is only fastened with pins.
Under this redingote, natural-colored leather vest and breeches.
On the legs, long soft boots, which are shining black up to the groove, and yellow from the groove to the knee, where they are fastened with white leather garters, forming little tufts at the sides.
Over the knees, other white leather garters, drawn on or stitched.
On the hands, yellow leather gloves.
His hunting-bag hangs from a bandolier worn over his coat.
His neck is girded with a very narrow cravat, tied loosely.
On his head, a jockey hat.
From his attitude and the expression of his eye, we see that he is spying a bird he wants to shoot.
* in shooter's style
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