Beauty in riding habits. Late 1880s. Riding habits were constructed with a feminine silhouette, but were given such masculine details as buttons, cuffs and jacket lapels. A formal men’s hat, such as the top hat shown here, was worn in Victorian times (and later) - sometimes with a veil on the back. The tradition of menswear in riding habits is an old one.
Painter and photographer G.H. Breitner created powerful images of daily Dutch life in the late 19th century. Beyond the artistic and documentary value of the images, they can be seen as an early manifestation of street photography.