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This closeup shows the appliqué and embroidery of Marie’s gown worn to the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II in 1896.

Beautiful portrait of a father and his three children. The informal pose is unusual for that time period. And yet it shows the love of this father who doesn't mind getting down on the floor with his little ones. I love the way the boy is hugging his father from behind and the way the father is leaning into his girls, it displays such tenderness. Glasgow, Scotland. ca. 1867

Woman c. 1855-65 (The hiking up of the over-skirt underneath the apron was to protect it while working - when company unexpectedly knocked at the door, down it went, like she was all put together!)

CASUAL SEPARATES / GARIBALDI --- Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, December 1861 - casual separates at left

In the Swan's Shadow

A young Maria Fyodorovna, mother of tsar Nicholas II of Russia, posing with one oh her pets

ca. 1855, [portrait of a gentleman looking at a daguerreotype] via the Smithsonian Photographic Institute, American Art Museum Collection

ca. 1855, [daguerreotype portrait of an unidentified Private U. S. Army with uniform, shako cap, earrings]

c. 1850, [daguerreotype portrait of a New York City Policeman]

ca. 1870, [daguerreotype portrait of a woman looking into mirror] via the George Eastman House Collection, Still Photograph Archive

1855 Dress

Dress | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1855 dress

Afternoon dress | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Day dress, 1855 From the Musée Galliera

Day dress, 1855 From the Musée Galliera - Fripperies and Fobs

Day dress, 1855 From the Musée Galliera

Day dress, 1855 From the Musée Galliera - Fripperies and Fobs

Dress, two pieces, ca. 1890. Gray silk taffeta bodice with collar shoulder insets of flocked green silk. Collar, front, cuffs have heavy cut steel decorations. Sixteen cut steel buttons fasten in front. Gray taffeta skirt with front inset with piece of green flocked silk. Remainder of skirt is gray taffeta with 4 rows of pinked frills at hem. Small bustle at back with bustle pad at waist. Killerton House Museum via National Trust Collections (UK)

Portrait of Madame Panckoucke - Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres 1811

Illustration by René Gruau, 1947, Lucien Lelong Couture.