Horne & Thornthwaite (photographers)
Museum no. PH.151-1982
This photograph, of an unidentified male sitter, shows men's dress typical of the 1850s. The sitter is wearing a high upstanding collar with a high single breasted waistcoat cut straight across the waist. His dark necktie is tied around the collar with a small bow at the front.
He wears a newly fashionable sack coat, a slightly looser fitting coat than the more tailored frock coat. The sack coat would become increasingly popular over the following decades, worn most often for leisure activities or informal occasions.