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Evening dress of silk brocade, ca 1841-46, Sudley House
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Evening dress of silk brocade, ca 1841-46, Sudley House

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(Source: liverpoolmuseums.org.uk)

Day dress of silk brocade, ca 1841-46, Sudley House
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Day dress of silk brocade, ca 1841-46, Sudley House

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(Source: liverpoolmuseums.org.uk)

Throwing Off Her Weeds by Richard Redgrave, 1846 UK, the Victoria & Albert Museum


A young widow is impatient to discard her black mourning clothes (known as widow’s weeds) because she has plans to marry again. The seamstress is showing her a lilac-coloured dress, a colour considered appropriate for a woman in the last phase of mourning. At this time, the mourning period for a husband was expected to be at least two years.
Originally the picture included a figure of a soldier, the widow’s new suitor, entering through the doorway. Critics thought this was vulgar, and Redgrave painted the figure out, but he kept a number of other visual clues to suggest that the woman is soon to be married again: there is a bridal bonnet in the hat-box in the foreground, and a sprig of orange blossom (a flower which was usually worn or carried at weddings) on the dressing table.

Throwing Off Her Weeds by Richard Redgrave, 1846 UK, the Victoria & Albert Museum

A young widow is impatient to discard her black mourning clothes (known as widow’s weeds) because she has plans to marry again. The seamstress is showing her a lilac-coloured dress, a colour considered appropriate for a woman in the last phase of mourning. At this time, the mourning period for a husband was expected to be at least two years.

Originally the picture included a figure of a soldier, the widow’s new suitor, entering through the doorway. Critics thought this was vulgar, and Redgrave painted the figure out, but he kept a number of other visual clues to suggest that the woman is soon to be married again: there is a bridal bonnet in the hat-box in the foreground, and a sprig of orange blossom (a flower which was usually worn or carried at weddings) on the dressing table.

(Source: collections.vam.ac.uk)

Berlin wool and beadwork shoes, ca 1845
Comes with a tartan reticule from the same era.
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Berlin wool and beadwork shoes, ca 1845

Comes with a tartan reticule from the same era.

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Satin wedding dress, ca 1845
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Satin wedding dress, ca 1845

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Fashions for men and women, Jan 1846 France, Les Modes Parisiennes

Fashions for men and women, Jan 1846 France, Les Modes Parisiennes

Fancy dress, Jan 1846 US (Philadelphia), Ladies’ National Magazine

Fancy dress, Jan 1846 US (Philadelphia), Ladies’ National Magazine

Court dress, ca 1845 Portugal, LACMA
Day dress, ca 1845
Dress, 1845-49 US or Europe, the Met Museum
Day dress, ca 1845 England, KCI

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