This image is usually found entitled Count Ludovic Leic. Count Lepic was an artist himself. He was portrayed with his daughters by Degas in 1871 - that painting was stolen in 2008.
The woman in the center shows the second bustle period silhouette with upturned bustle and reduced or no frills. Fashionera.com has good information about bustles including this description of how bustles second bustle period were made, "The bustle consisted of a straw filled (emphasis added) cushion sewn into the skirt with a series of steel half hoops inserted in the skirt lining down to the ground. This had the effect of throwing the skirt out almost horizontally from waist level behind. Women appeared to have the hind legs of a horse.
Other Victorian bustles included the Langtry bustle and the braided wire health bustles... There was much less drapery with this second form of late Victorian bustle silhouette. What there was, soon disappeared from the skirt. Drapery moved to the sides or to the front panel of the skirt, but ball dresses remained more draped."
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Aug 25, 2010, 2:59 PM
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