Favorite decades: 1910's, 1800's, 1870's
Favorite artists: Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Boldini, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Lawrence
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Mrs John Prescott Knight and Her Children by John Prescott Knight, ca 1837 England, the Shire Hall Gallery
A portrait by the Stafford-born artist probably of his wife, Clarissa Isabella Knight (nee Hague,) and their two sons Albert Stanley (1832–1917) and Julian Miles (1835–1871).
Leghorn bonnet, 1835-40 US, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
A black leghorn bonnet, with wide poke brim, black taffeta bonnet skirt at back, brim lined with black crêpe.
Going away dress and matching cape, 1838 US, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Newly wedded couples change into “going away” outfits before leaving their reception. This tradition is fading in most places, but it’s still hanging on here in the South.
Dress (a) and matching cape (b) of grayish-olive-green silk with fancy-woven stripes with lines of white; fitted bodice, pointed in front; widely flaring neck; fullness across bust in unpressed pleats; long sleeves with fine pleats in upper part held in place by bias folds, full from just above elbow to above wrist, fullness pleated vertically to wrist; full skirt with loose pleats in front and gathered in back; short double cape (b) of same material with edges finished with bias folds of self material; both dress and cape fully lined with white cotton cloth; probably the going-away outfit of Harriet Maria Spelman, married to Estes Howe, August 20, 1838.
Dress, 1835-40 US, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Woman’s dress (a), alternate bodice (b), shoulder cape (c), and bow (d). Brown satin trimmed with piping, bands, bows, and pleating of same brown satin. Attached bodice trimmed with soutache braid of same color. Cape trimmed with long brown fringe. Both bodices have long sleeves. Very good condition.
The Raymond Children by Robert Peckham, ca 1838 US (Massachusetts), the Metropolitan Museum of Art
These both appear to be boys, even if the boy on the right is portrayed a little unconventionally. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen portraits where a boy is holding a doll.
“A PRESENT FOR JOSEPH” is written on the mug in the background.
Alexandre Louis Joseph Berthier Prince of Wagram and his daughter by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1838 France
Day dress, 1837-40 UK, the V&A Museum
Day dress, 1836-40 UK, the V&A Museum