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INGIO JONES WAS THE MOST FAMOUS ROYAL ARCHITECT WHO CREATED THE PIAZZA AND ST PAULS CHURCH IN COVENT GARDEN…

Inigo Jones supplied elaborate costumes for most of the court masques written by Ben Jonson; The Masque of Blackness (1605) marked the first collaboration between the two. Queen Anne and her ladies danced the parts of the Daughters of Niger. Not surprisingly, the “outlandish” costumes were deemed by some “too light and courtesan-like for such great ones” — and the use of blackface was pronounced “a very loathsome sight.” Jonson ascribed to the queen the basic conception of making the ladies “blackamoors.”

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