20 September 2011

What they wore : Riding


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RED is the ultimate cure for sadness. Bill Blass


Sir Joshua Reynolds, Lady Worsley. 1776.





A canter is a cure for every evil. Benjamin Disraeli

 George Stubbs, John and Sophia Musters Out Riding at Colwick Hall. 1777,



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7 comments:

  1. Joshua Reynolds has always been a favorite... and if I were a woman and had lived in Georgian England, I would have DEFINITELY owned Lady Worsley's outfit.

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  2. What a wonderful selection of Habit Rouge!

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  3. my era....
    and i missed it completely.

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  4. Delighful! But, every time I get in a romantic mood and dream of times past, I think: health care, hygene - no way! Visiting for a few hours might do the trick, though:)?

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  5. I love the way Worsley's hat is a virtually identical echo of the tree-top--her torso too for that matter.

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  6. Lady Worsley's outfit is so beautiful, and of course we love the shoes.
    The Bill Blass quote is so true...I'm going to wear red today!

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  7. the paintings just seemed to go together. I too love the riding costume-and one of my favorite costumes to observe in books, movies and museums. I have a very small portrait from late 18th c of a woman in riding habit. The red is glorious here-and my goodness-Peter-the delicacy of the shoe-certainly selected for this special sitting with Reynolds. pgt

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