|"Sweet Poll of Plymouth," Thomas Macklin, |
George Shepheard, Henry William Bunbury.
1790, National Maritime Museum.
This print is at the very tail end of [my] period of examination, and so the sailors look markedly different from those of earlier decades. Notably, both wear straw hats. I know of only one other depiction of sailors from our period of study that clearly and definitely shows a straw hat, and even that source I had to question. This is the first positive and definitive depiction of straw hats being worn by sailors in my period of study, and it comes at the very last year of that period.