I'm trying to find any examples of beards in England during the 1680s. I know they weren't popular but that doesn't mean they didn't exist at all. A picture would be ideal, although I appreciate this is unlikely!


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In 1689 Solomon Ayllon was appointed rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews in London, and as you can see in the picture on Wikipedia, he wore a beard.

(His predecessor, Jacob Abendana, who was appointed in 1680, probably did too - most religious Jews, or at least rabbis, at that time did - but I don't know of any picture of him.)

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    Kudo's for a good catch. Framing the problem is half the battle. +1
    – MCW
    Feb 25, 2020 at 17:58
  • That's great information. Thanks! Feb 25, 2020 at 19:02
  • Yes, people would have worn beards in 17th century England for religious or similar reasons.
    – Tom Au
    Feb 25, 2020 at 21:30
  • Too bad Anthony van Dyck died a generation earlier in 1641. Self portrait Feb 25, 2020 at 21:37
  • Does it count if the people noted as wearing beards at the time weren't there legally?
    – user6591
    Feb 26, 2020 at 3:08

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