The Wikipedia article about this English adventuress, and possible murderess, who rose to power in the non-Orléans Bourbon restoration courts is here. A photo of a cheesecake wax statue of her is here.
From Wikimedia; image lightened by gogm to bring out details of the skirt.
Empire style is almost gone when this portrait of a military-looking Sophie Dawes was painted. The theme of the bodice, if carried to the hem, would be perfect for a redingote.
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Jan 23, 2012, 11:02 PM
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