Etude pour le portrait de la marquise de l'Aigle by Ernest Antoine Auguste Hébert (Musée d'Orsay - Paris France)

Hébert captures the essence of a late pre-crinoline dress in this portrait sketch of the Marquise de l'Aigle. She wears an under-bodice (or chemisette) crowned by a collar, that creates a stomacher-like panel, and an over-bodice with a vee-shaped opening, that form the revers framing the stomacher. Her skirt is not erupting over her seat, suggesting she is not wearing a cage crinoline.

Keywords:  Hébert, Le Mage, Marquise,French, straight coiffure, veil, under-bodice, high neckline, collar, over-bodice, revers, three quarter length tight sleeves, engageantes, vee waistline, full skirt, flounces

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