|Jane Elizabeth, Countess of Oxford, 1797 by John Hoppner|
|Mrs. Eleanor Urquhart, 1795|
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
Elizabeth Campbell 1812
During the nine years of the Regency, fashions became more elaborate with fancy work and embellishments for the sleeves and around the hems. After about 1800, the hair powder is gone for good and the styles are simpler. By the official end of the regency in 1820, waistlines had begun to sneak back to their natural spot. In the 1820's, the corseted waist and wide skirts returned, and in the 1830's, the hair rose again. Below are two portraits by Thomas Sully (1783-1872), born in England but who lived most of his life in the United States.
Lady with a Harp, Eliza Ridgely, 1818,
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) painted many portraits throughout the regency and afterwards. Here are a few of his portraits, showing the change from the late 18th century to several decades into the 19th.
Queen Charlotte, 1789, National Gallery, London
Chicago Art Institute
Dallas Museum of Art
Hair has remained unpowdered throughout the late Georgian period, but by the 1830's, there were some fantastic top-knot arrangements, as seen below. Not to mention the fantastic hats that came back into style.
To the left is a portrait of Fanny Kemble (1809-1893) with her aunt Sarah Siddons (1755-1831) painted by Henry Perronet Briggs (1791-1844) in 1831, shortly before Sarah went to her considerable reward.
The print to the right is Princess Victoria, later Queen, based on an 1833 painting by Sir George Hayter (1792-1871). Fanny and the princess share a top-knot hair style.
Below is a feathered hat even Marie Antoinette would have loved. The painting hangs in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg; Sir George Hayter portrays Countess Vorontsova in 1832. Another hat the ill-fated queen might have enjoyed wearing is shown in a portrait of Julia, Lady Peel, nee Floyd (1795-1859) by Sir Thomas Lawrence; the real thing can be viewed at New York City's Frick Collection.
So the fashion cycle comes full circle in about seventy years from the 1760's to the 1830's.
Labels: Fashion, Regency Reflections, Victoria Hinshaw