Arthur Devis - The Trevelyan Conversation Piece: Sir John Trevelyan (1735–1828), 4th Bt, with His Wife Louisa Simond, Lady Trevelyan, His Son Sir John Trevelyan (1761–1846), 5th Bt, and His Daughter Helena Trevelyan. c.1740. oil on canvas.
Portrait of Lady Charles Spencer circa 1775 by Joshua Renyolds. Location: Private Collection. "Unusual for a portrait of a woman, Mary is painted with her horse. She wears a striking, red, riding habit cut in the manner of a man's frock coat—with a waistcoat fastened in the masculine way from left to right." -What Jane Saw
Woman in deep mourning. According to the accompanying text, she wears a black taffeta gown and a skirt of the same fabric. On the neck a broad Fichu ruffled white 'gaze d'Italie' and cuffs 'and sabot' of the same gaze. On the head a "chapeau-bonnette 'white crepe with a black ribbon and four black feathers. The long hair is held from behind with a bronze belt. Accessories: long gloves, shoes black taffeta, handkerchief. Cabinet des Modes Modes ou les Nouvelles, 1 Aout 1786.
riding habit Riding habit was a fine lady's equivalent for modern tracksuit. Being warm and relatively practical it was used for riding, walking and also for traveling. Riding habits were strongly influenced by men's fashion and were also often made by tailors. The finest habits were elaborately trimmed and worn over fashionable hoops.
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