Page of the French court of Charles V, 1380. Burgundy Gothic costume period.
Original title: “Page Regne de Charles V d’apres Willemin 1380”
Nicolas Willemin Xavier (1763-1833) was a French writer and antiquarian. Born in 1763 in Nancy, he came to Paris in the workshop of the engraver Lagrenée. He showed early a keen interest in antiques and became in 1821 a member of the Society of the antiquarians. His work includes particularly archaeological and historical topics. For further research, he made extensive travel to libraries throughout France.
“Modes et Costumes Historiques“. Drawing by Xavier Willemin. Edited and steel engraving by Hippolyte Louis Emile and Polidor Jean Charles Pauquet. Published by Cassell, Petter & Galpin London, 1864
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