The manservant (holding a comb between his teeth) is more fashion-forward, compared to his master. He has stuck a comb in his fashionably coiffed curls, and curling tongs in the pocket on his practical tailcoat. As a personal touch he has chosen to match his otherwise grey outfit and top boots with clear blue stockings.
The bedchamber (rented rooms above an inn?) looks very spartan, but there is a elegant card table holding a teacup, candlestick, and nick nacks. Behind it a glimpse of the bed in the Gustavian style with a sheer canopy in blue.
The powder must have been everywhere. It is understandable that those who could afford it installed a powder room while others had to make do on a landing in the stairway. And I need not point out that this is before vacuum cleaners. By 1799 wigs were definitely going out of fashion. Only gentlemen of the old school (and where it was part of ones profession such as the clergy, medicine, and the law) would hang on to them into the first decades of the new century.On a side note, there was another, more skilled, Swedish genre-painter also named Pehr, Pehr Hilleström. His paintings give us a unique glimpse of domestic life among the urban middling classes around 1800. I think that is another blog post, but here is one painting, to give you an idea: A point of interest: to me it looks like gentlemen in formal dress, as depicted in fashion plates 1800-1810-ish, still used powder on their curls. Or what do you think?