Fashion Deconstructed: Lady Francis Courtenay

Cutting historical portraits apart is just the sort of thing I like to do in my spare time, so I thought I’d start sharing it with you guys.  I don’t really know much about Lady Francis Courtenay except that she subscribed to books on Greek mythology, hung out with Mary Granville (better known as Mrs. Delaney, the botanical artist who got her start at age 72), and was married to 1st Viscount Courtenay.  She also liked ostrich feathers, but c’mon, it was the 18th century.  Who didn’t?

This portrait by Thomas Hudson has an unknown date of origin.  The lady was married in 1741 and interred in 1761, so we’ll go with 1740s to 1750s.  She also lived in Powderham Castle in Devon which was pre-tty nice.  Here’s a drawing of it from 1745.

Powderham Castle in 1745

Yeah, I’d live there.

But on to the dress…

Frances Courtenay, wife of William Courtenay, 1st Viscount Courtenay

Frances Courtenay, view of bust and sleeves

up close of pendant

Frances Courtenay, view of feather hat

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