1787 Lady Skipwith by Sir Joshua Reynolds (Frick collection)

Lady Skipwith wears a big hat over curly coiffure and a full skirt, but apparently not using panniers jutting to her sides in this 1787 Gainsborough. Her dress may have two necklines, a higher one created by her modesty piece and a lower one concealed by her fichu but announced by the arc of a pale blue ribbon. Her dress shows French influence.

Keywords:  1787, Reynolds, British, high curly coiffure, feathered hat, square neckline, modesty pice, fichu, elbow length close sleeves, cuffs, vee waistline, full skirt, floral bodice ornament, bracelets, gloves

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