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Louis Moeller (1855-1930)
The Conversation, n.d.
Oil on canvas
Gift of Richard L. White - 1975.12

These two older gentlemen, deep in conversation, could have been meeting at any time between the late 1870s and the turn of the century. Men's costume did not significantly change during the second half of the nineteenth century. The basic components had been in place since the 1850s and consisted of jacket, waistcoat, and trousers. Stylistic differences occurred in the length and width of lapels and the cut of the trousers. Details such as the wing collar and walking stick do not help narrow the timeline. Top hats were worn for day until 1914. The first reference to a watch chain hole in the front of a waistcoat was in 1879. In fact the timeless style makes it difficult to pinpoint the exact date of this work.