That’s the same period as the painting on the left — Vermeer’s famous painting called Girl with a Pearl Earring.
If you’re interested in the painting, you can read more about it here. I’ve always thought that pearl was exceptionally large to be worn by an unknown artist’s model. In those days all pearls were natural and therefore accidental, and one that size would have been exceptionally rare and the kind of thing that only a queen could afford. I was interested to see that the authenticity of the pearl was questioned in recent times, and thought by some to be polished tin. That sounds much more likely to me. But who cares? It’s a very beautiful and evocative painting, and the pearl adds beauty and mystique.
In 1881, a census survey was carried out in London and these were some of the occupations listed and preserved by the London Genealogical Society.
Not everyone appreciated it. Some obviously regarded this census thingie as unwanted government interest in what they felt to be personal and private information. Clearly the people who listed these hilarious occupations didn’t take it at all seriously.
Which is your favorite of these? What spurious occupation might you list if you were part of this group?