1785-1787 Mrs. Francis Russell, Mary Bannerman ?, by George Romney (Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Francis Russell is a common name in thepeerage, but the only Francis Russell I could fing born around 1760 was married to May Bannerman whose article in thepeerage is here.

From artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/4791?search_id=1&index=0.

1785-1787 Mrs. Francis Russell, Mary Bannerman ?, by George Romney (Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago, Illinois, USA) From artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/4791?search_id=1&index=0

This Mrs. Russell wears a fashionable wide hat and bouffant coiffure and a sheath dress for her 1785 Ramsay portrait. The lower bodice appears to have a flexible section. Is this for early maternity?

Keywords:  1785, Romney, Mary Bannerman, Bannerman family, Russell family, hat, bouffant coiffure, scarf, vee neckline, bodice, bertha, sash, close upper sleeves, arm bands, puffed lower sleeves, cuffs, vee waistline, full skirt

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