History seen through a Victorian eye. And yes I think they were that dressed up at sometimes. English. Edward Matthew Ward, artist (1816-1879). He created illustrations for the papers of Washington Irving, too.

Ward, Edward Matthew, 1816-1879; Hogarth's Studio in 1739
“Hogarth’s Studio in 1739.” 1863. Oil on canvas. Collections of and photo credit © York Art Gallery, York. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/hogarths-studio-in-1739-8237
The Disgrace of Lord Clarendon, after his Last Interview with the King - Scene at Whitehall Palace, in 1667 (replica) 1846 by Edward Matthew Ward 1816-1879
“The Disgrace of Lord Clarendon, after his Last Interview with the King – Scene at Whitehall Palace, in 1667.” 1846. Collections of the Tate Galleries, London. Cc0 License 3.0. via https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/ward-the-disgrace-of-lord-clarendon-after-his-last-interview-with-the-king-scene-at-n00431
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“The Last Parting of Marie Antoinette and her Son.” 1856. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated signed and dated “E M Ward. RA/1856” on the lower left. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/edward-matthew-ward-ra-1816-1879-the-last-5857456-details.aspx

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