period makeups: seventeenth-century Britain

Queen Anne
Queen Mary
Sarah Churchill
Louise de Kérouaille
Barbara Villiers
Henrietta Maria of France
The Great Fire
The Devil’s Whore
The Libertine
Draughtsman’s Contract
Forever Amber
The Wicked Lady
Lorna Doone

Period makeups: Seventeenth-century Britain

Unlike the sixteenth century no one face haunts us from the seventeenth century. But for English characters the screen has been dominated by the mistresses of King Charles II.

And yes I do know that Queen Anne actually reigned at the begining of the eighteenth century but in many ways the eighteenth century in the UK can be considered as begining with the arrival of the Hanoverians in 1715. Of course, an argument could also be made for beginning the new century with the ‘Glorious Revolution’ of 1688; while I regard that event as little more than a coup, it does, along with the Hanoverian succession, provide an end-stop marking the final settlement of the convulsions of that century.

As with other period makeup sub-sections the characters shown here are an indiscriminate mixture of real persons and fictional characters. Also ordinary people are heavily under-represented: fashion was largely a matter for the rich.