Yours Jane x

"IF YOU WOULD LIVE HAPPY, ENDEAVOUR TO PROMOTE THE HAPPINESS OF OTHERS" - ADVICE TO YOUNG LADIES, ENQUIRE WITHIN UPON EVERYTHING, 1856

tiny-librarian:

It was a milestone for Olga and Tatiana to be present, wearing matching formal Russian court dresses. These were made in the workshop of Olga Bulbenkova, who specialized in ceremonial clothes for the court, and were full-length, off-the-shoulder style in white satin with long, pointed, open sleeves, and a front panel of pink velvet and a detachable train decorated with garlands of artificial roses. Across their chests both girls wore their orders of St Catherine on scarlet sashes, and on their heads kokoshniki of pink velvet encrusted with pearls and decorated with bows. It must have been a moment of great pride for them, for they had not worn full-length formal dresses before and it signalled their final arrival in the adult world of the court. The two sisters were never more beautiful, as official photographs taken of them by the family’s favourite studio, Boissonnas & Eggler, testified. The reception itself was something new for both of them, ‘a rare chance of seeing Petersburg society, and from their attentive, animated faces it was clear that they were trying to take everything in and remember all the faces’.

The Romanov Sisters - Helen Rappaport

books0977:

A summer beauty (19th century). English School. Oil on canvas.
English school, dominant school of painting in England throughout the second half of the 18th century and the first half of the 19th. Its establishment marked the rise of a national tradition that began with the emergence of native artists whose works were no longer provincial but rivaled continental art in quality and ended by exercising considerable influence on the course of European painting.

books0977:

A summer beauty (19th century). English School. Oil on canvas.

English school, dominant school of painting in England throughout the second half of the 18th century and the first half of the 19th. Its establishment marked the rise of a national tradition that began with the emergence of native artists whose works were no longer provincial but rivaled continental art in quality and ended by exercising considerable influence on the course of European painting.

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