Posted 2 years ago
Here is a beautiful portrait painting of an unidentified Victorian lady. You are invited to help me "read" its messages. First, do you think it was painted c1885-1890? Clues ... JEWELRY: For those of you who "know" Victorian jewelry, she seems to be wearing gold earrings, a chunky necklace and a daintier pendant. What style or character ARE these pieces ... what does the jewelry tell us? FLOWERS and HAIRSTYLE: Morning glories in her hair ... in Victorian flower language these say: eternal love, affection, spiritual love. Not sure but the other flower may be a gardenia which says: love & purity, gentleness, a secret love between two. DO YOU THINK THIS IS HER WEDDING PORTRAIT? How about THE DRESS: Does anyone know when this very distinctive lacy ruffled neckline was in fashion? Would this have possibly been a bridal gown? Lastly, THE FRAME: characteristic of what date? THANK YOU FOR LOOKING & I appreciate the comments of those who have more expertise than I have!