Daily Archives: November 21, 2012

Ladies in Turkish Dress: A Visual Feast

For all of you celebrating Thanksgiving, I wish you a feast of delights, and to those of you who aren’t, I hope your week brings you something to celebrate, in edible fashion or otherwise.

The Grand Turk Giving a Concert to his Mistress, Carle Van Loo (1737)
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu in Turkish Dress, Jean Etienne Liotart (1756)
After her stay in Constantinople with her husband, the British Ambassador, Mary brought Turkish dress, along with “The Secret Language of Flowers”, to Britain.
Lady Sunderlin, Sir Joshua Reynolds (1786)
Notice the Turkish details? They’re creeping in
Marie-Adelaide of France dressed in turkish costume, Etienne Liotard (1753)
Turkish woman with a tambourine, Etienne Liotard (1738-43)