Angela McShane

Top: Family Group, early 17th-century English woodcut, Ⓒ Bridgeman Images. Bottom: rontispiece of Two Broad-Sides Against Tobacco, published June 6th, 1672. Ⓒ Bridgeman Images

As Britain got hooked on tobacco, smoking paraphernalia became ubiquitous. Items such as tobacco boxes provide an insight into the anxieties and aspirations of the early modern psyche.