ca. 1778 Mrs. Grace Dalrymple Elliot by Thomas Gainsborough (Metropolitan Museum)

She came from a broken home in Scotland, daughter of an attorney. But she was able to parlay her beauty, debuting to society in 1771. Her Wikipedia article is here.

Cracklin' Rosie

Grace Elliot wears a towering coiffure that also trails downward in large graceful curls, a trademark of the late 1770s. Her hair is powdered, a fashionable addition until the powder was taxed in the UK in 1795.

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