The Paper Ghosts of Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace Paper Costume display

Hampton Court Palace offers an array of beautiful paintings, ceramics, furniture and textiles as I have alluded to previously. But a very ingenious, skillfully-made and very attractive addition to the William III part of the palace is a series of Baroque costumes made entirely of paper. The beautifully recreated costumes each represent a courtier who would have graced the corridors during the reign of William and Mary. Not only do the ghost-like, pure white replicas demonstrate the fashion at the time but they each give an insight into the life of the person it represents via a short inscription in period calligraphy written on every one. A very effective visual way of bringing history alive.

The paper costumes in their palace setting

Each costume represents a courtier in the court of William III

The paper figures reflected in a baroque mirror

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