But let us go back to this earlier period of longer waistcoats, the late 17th century and early 18th century. Take a look at the painting below By Artist Jean-Antoine Watteau 1720-21. Take note of the man standing to the far left outside of the shop & compare his waistcoat to those waistcoats inside the shop.
"The Shop Sign of Gersaint", (1720-21) is a painting by Jean-Antoine Watteau.
Type Oil on canvas
Dimensions 163 cm × 308 cm (64 in × 121 in)
Location Charlottenburg Palace, Berli;
Rag fair Rosemary Lane By Thomas Rowlandson late 18th century.
Paul Sandby, Old Clothes to Sell, 1759.