Anne Goldgar, reader in Early Modern European History, King’s College, London

The extraordinary growth in trade in the Dutch Republic in the 17th century brought about a new era of prosperity for many, both old residents and immigrants to towns such as Haarlem and Amsterdam. Many different outward signs of social status were favored during this period; among these were a passion for art and—famously—for tulips. This lecture looks at these tastes in the context of the social climate of the period, including the ways these social markers could inspire both admiration and fear.

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Above: Jan van Bouckhorst, Three Men in Conversation (recto); Study of the Legs of a Fashionably Dressed Man (verso) (detail), about 1610–31. 1991.927. Pen and brown ink over traces of black chalk. Gift of Maida and George Abrams.