1912 Mrs. Ernest Guinness by Sir Francis Bernard Dicksee (auctioned by Christie's)

Christie’s lot notes have this biographical sketch. "Born Marie Clothilde Russell, Mrs Guinness was the daughter of Sir George Russell, 4th Baronet. She married the Hon. Arthur Ernest Guinness, the second son of the first Earl of Iveagh. Dressed in the emerald green of her husband's native Ireland, she sat to the leading portraitist of the day: Frank Dicksee was later knighted and became President of the Royal Academy.

Few portraits better capture the confidence and opulence of the Edwardian era. Painted on a magnificent scale, and presented in its original swept and gilded frame, it was justly celebrated when exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1912.”

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1912 Mrs. Ernest Guinness by Sir Francis Bernard Dicksee (auctioned by Christie's) From www.pinterest.com:nouvellegiselle:vintage-inspiration slightly cropped

Christie’s overview names this as "Portrait of the Hon. Mrs Ernest Guinness, standing, full-length, wearing an emerald dress and feather signed and dated 'FRANK DICKSEE 1912' (lower left).”

The slim silhouette is Directoire revival. A lace under-bodice prevents the sheer décolleté over-bodice from offering a peep show.

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