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Silk embroidered cape | Met Museum | 1795-1800
Redingote ca. 1785
From the Rijks Museum
French Fashions from 1780.
Marie-Antoinette with Uncolored (!!!) Hair by François Dumond
There’s no date, but I’d say this is late 1770s, especially because she looks so young; it could also be early 1780s (zone fronts were popular in this period). Wasn’t she beautiful? I love her delicately arched eyebrows.
Gallerie des Modes 1780, a young nurse-maid in a long dress with apron and bonnet.
Gotta love the child on a lease circa 1780s.
Self-Portrait by Vigée-Lebrun, 1793
A gorgeous selfie by V-L, as usual - though it doesn’t look much like her! I adore the double ribbon closure around the neck of her chemise à la reine.
Portrait of a Lady
This lovely portrait is unsigned and and undated, but the pastel medium leads me to believe that it was created by a female artist, since pastel was an easier and typically feminine medium (and hence was more “acceptable” for women to practice); if it is by a woman, I’m not surprised that there’s no artist’s name. After all, in France’s famous Académie alone,only four women were permitted to be academicians at once - not a very encouraging time to be a female artist!
As for the date, I’m far less certain since riding habits - and this one is glorious - remained relatively unchanged over the decades. If I was better at hats, I could date it from that! Oh, more and more things to learn..
Victoire Louise Marie Thérèse de France (Madame Victoire) by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, 1788
Stunning purple! What a delicious robe à la française. I also just realized that there is a fleur de lis in the upper left corner, and I can’t tell if that is painted on or if it was somehow added by someone on the internet.. I’ve never seen a symbol like that in the corner of a portrait, but it would make sense as the fleur de lis is the symbol of the ancien régime (and Mdm Victoire is the daughter of King Louis XV)!
Marie-Antoinette by Vigée-Lebrun (of course), 1788
Le reine de mode! J’adore le bordure de fourrure.