Wig Shop Interiors, Peruke Makers, and Barbers in the 18th Century

This page provides images of the goings-on inside wig shops in the 18th century – barbers shaving their customers, and making and fitting perukes for gentlemen clients. (While hairdressing was a part of this trade, I’m planning on working on a separate page on that topic.) There’s a separate section that focuses on wig stands.

The British Museum also has trade cards for several 18th century peruke makers, including Richard Arkwright, T. Bowman, Cryer, Mathieu, Michalon, Miller, and Ravenscroft.

Also of interest: late 19th century depictions of 18th century wig shops by Luis Jimenez y Aranda and Maurice Leloir.


Wig stands