Lady in large white cap, c. 1780s
National Gallery of Art

Lady in large white cap, c. 1780s

National Gallery of Art

Dawn Barthelemy, Wife of General Dejea by Robert Lefevre, c. 1805

Dawn Barthelemy, Wife of General Dejea by Robert Lefevre, c. 1805

 Louise de Halluin by Corneille de Lyon, c. 1555
STUNNING gown, and I feel like this would definitely be more relatable to modern audiences.. I never understood why Hollywood felt the need to “dumb it down” for viewers.

 Louise de Halluin by Corneille de Lyon, c. 1555

STUNNING gown, and I feel like this would definitely be more relatable to modern audiences.. I never understood why Hollywood felt the need to “dumb it down” for viewers.


Eleonora di Toledo’s Funeral Gown, early 1560s

Portrait of Eleonora di Toledo, variant of Bronzino’s 1560 portrait

Can we just talk about that stunning, sexy braiding? Thank you.


Two portraits of Marguerite de Valois, future Queen of France, by Francois Clouet, c. 1559-1560

Despite her young age (just 6 or 7 years old), Marguerite wears perfect petite versions of what the adults around her would have been flaunting in the period in which Reign is set (1557 France). Note the difference from these “historical” terrors:

A Lady and a Gentleman in a Landscape by Benjamin Wilson, 1780s
J’adore cette peinture! I’m stunned by this satin perfection that lacks many of the frou-frou decorations of other eighteenth century dresses and retains a simple, unmitigated elegance. And I just so happen to have some cornflower satin on hand..don’t mind if I do!

A Lady and a Gentleman in a Landscape by Benjamin Wilson, 1780s

J’adore cette peinture! I’m stunned by this satin perfection that lacks many of the frou-frou decorations of other eighteenth century dresses and retains a simple, unmitigated elegance. And I just so happen to have some cornflower satin on hand..don’t mind if I do!

Princess Maria Anna of Savoy by unknown artist, ca. 1777

Princess Maria Anna of Savoy by unknown artist, ca. 1777

Portrait of Dona Maria Teresa Apodaca de Sisma by Agustín Esteve, 1780s (by my estimation)

Portrait of Dona Maria Teresa Apodaca de Sisma by Agustín Esteve, 1780s (by my estimation)

Portrait of a Woman by Peter de Kempeneer, c. 1530s

Portrait of a Woman by Peter de Kempeneer, c. 1530s

My current favorite Regency era painting!
Artist’s Daughter, Manuela, Playing Piano by Zacarías González Velázquez, ca. 1820 (at Museo Lázaro Galdian, Madrid)

My current favorite Regency era painting!

Artist’s Daughter, Manuela, Playing Piano by Zacarías González Velázquez, ca. 1820 (at Museo Lázaro Galdian, Madrid)


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