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Museum catalogue: Scrimshaw Collection

 

Scrimshaw

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Accession no.: Y: 62/15/72
Object name: Scrimshaw
Title: Scrimshaw
Description: Tooth 185 mm, monochrome, with superb portraits of aristocratic women, outlined in dots. The printed source of each has been identified and their dimensions are identical to the scrimshaw images. Elizabeth Roma Macleod with shawl and book; reverse: Lady Sarah Villiers (who become Princess Nicholas Esterhazy) in evening dress with fan.
Classified name:
[Unknown system] 730.235 & 639.245.1
Number of items: 1
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72A.: The woman wears a day dress and shawl of the 1840s (the early Victorian period in Britain): a demure, "gothic" style dress with full skirt, slim pointed waist and drooping shoulders. She has been identified as Miss Elizabeth Roma Macleod, daughter of John Norman Macleod, 24th Chief of the Clan Macleod. Her portrait was recognised from a print published in 1846.

72B.: A portrait of a woman in a spectacular dress with a patterned skirt and long slim bodice. Her deep lace bertha collar, off the shoulders, forms short sleeves over the undersleeves. Surprisingly, she wears no gloves. From the portrait of Princess Nicholas Esterhazy, (Lady Sarah Villiers) painted just after her marriage to the Prince in London in 1842. The portrait was published as a print in 1843.

Dimensions:
  • Height: 185mm
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