ca. 1705 Lady, thought to be Elizabeth Felton, Lady Hervey by Michael Dahl (Sir David Erskine Baronet collection via Philip Mould)

This is her writeup from  "Elizabeth Felton was born on 18 December 1676. She was the daughter of Sir Thomas Felton, 4th Bt. and Lady Elizabeth Howard. She married John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol, son of Sir Thomas Hervey and Isabella May, on 25 July 1695 at Boxted Hall, Suffolk, England. She died on 1 May 1741 at age 64 at St. James's Park, St. James's, London, England, in a fit. She was buried on 9 May 1741 at Ickworth, Suffolk, England. Her will was probated on 8 May 1741.

Elizabeth Felton held the office of Lady of the Bedchamber to Caroline, the Queen Consort. Her married name became Hervey. As a result of her marriage, Elizabeth Felton was styled as Baroness Hervey of Ickworth on 23 March 1702/3. As a result of her marriage, Elizabeth Felton was styled as Countess of Bristol on 19 October 1714. Her last will was dated 5 December 1740.

Lady Mary Montagu wrote that 'the Countess has come out a new creature... is grown young, blooming, coquette and gallant, and to show she is fully sensible of the errors of her past life, and resolved to make up for time misspent, she has two lovers at a time.'"

The British casual style shines again in this Michael Dahl portrait from 1705. Just how her veil turns into an over-bodice is not clear, at least to this writer.

Keywords:  1705, Dahl, British, straight coiffure, veil, chemise, scoop neckline, over-bodice, vee neckline

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