British & French Bicorn Hats (Circa 1800) Man's bicorne hat in black silk, trimmed with a silk button, black silk braid and a pleated silk cockade. During the Georgian Era, bicorn hats were not just for Royal Navy officers fighting Napoleon. They were a popular and fashionable accessory for the man about town. However, by the beginning of the 1800s they were relegated mainly to the realm of formal wear in civilian life. By 1810 completely replaced by the top hat.
Admiral of the Fleet Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke 1705 –1781 was an officer of the Royal Navy. Best remembered for his service during the Seven Years' War, particularly his victory over a French fleet at the Battle of Quiberon Bay in 1759, preventing a French invasion of Britain. Hawke also served as First Lord of the Admiralty for five years between 1766 and 1771.
Artist John Singleton Copley (1738–1815) Description English: Portrait of the Salem, Massachusetts, merchant Benjamin Pickman Sr. Courtesy of the Yale University Art Gallery, Yale University, New Haven, Conn. Date circa 1758-1761 Medium oil on canvas Dimensions 50 3/8 in. x 40 1/4 in. Current location (Inventory)Yale University Art Gallery Source/Photographer Yale University Art Gallery