1898 Lady Louisa, Duchess of Devonshire listens to George Cornwallis West in the Music Room of Warwick Castle

From mharrsch's photostream on flickr.

1898 Lady Louisa, Duchess of Devonshire listens to George Cornwallis West in the Music Room of Warwick Castle mharrasch's photostream on flickr

The Duchess is dressed for the day wearing a close-skirted dress adorned with broad bands of lace in this 1898 scene. Her bodice has what appears to be a triangular stomacher, adorned with diagonal ribbons, framed by a lace bertha. The bertha covers lace panels that cover the upper parts of her sleeves. beneath lay a shallow vee or basque waistline and a tight skirt.

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