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!


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 '20 at 17:58
  • That's great information. Thanks! Feb 25 '20 at 19:02
  • Yes, people would have worn beards in 17th century England for religious or similar reasons.
    – Tom Au
    Feb 25 '20 at 21:30
  • Too bad Anthony van Dyck died a generation earlier in 1641. Self portrait Feb 25 '20 at 21:37
  • Does it count if the people noted as wearing beards at the time weren't there legally?
    – user6591
    Feb 26 '20 at 3:08

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