Black Presence in British Portraits
Hello, perhaps this has been pointed out already, the title you have given this is incorrect. It is A Cat in PATTENS, not Patterns. It’s what the woman is wearing on her feet. Pattens rested on metal rings and were intended to make it easier to watch in wet or muddy lanes. Here’s a photo of some from the V & A in London: https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O74764/pair-of-pattens-unknown/
Thank you Meg, and sorry it’s taken so long to get back to you and to correct this elementary error.
All the very best,
Correction, to “walk” in wet or muddy lanes.
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