Comtesse de Montholon by Adolphe William Bouguereau (private collection)

Bouguereau portrays Countess Montholon wearing 1840s day dress with a violet waistband forming a double vee in back and extensive ruched trim. The tip of a vee waistline should show in front, but it does not. The sleeves and bodice are cross-hatched with colored thread ending in black bands at the wrist and neckline complementing the black trim of her violet waistband and ribbons.

Keywords:  Bouguereau, Countess, French, long straight coiffure, hair band, scoop neckline, waist band,  long close sleeves, cuffs, full skirt, earrings

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