Fripperies and Fobs
William Powell Frith was a Victorian narrative painter, a specialist in creating the storytelling images the Victorians loved. Like most of us today I'm not moved by the often maudlin or sentimental stories, but the paintings of Frith and others like him help me as a writer visualize the way women wore clothing of the period--the way they sat, bent, walked, turned, giving me a more rounded vision than I could get from (often equally unrealistic) fashion plates alone.
1st Child of Prince Albert (1819-1861) & Queen Victoria (1819-1901) & future wife of Frederick III German Emperor and King of Prussia (1831–1888). Princess Victoria, Princess Royal (Victoria Adelaide Mary Louise) (1840-1901) as a child in blue dress by Sir William Charles Ross.
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The Grand Staircase at Buckingham Palace State Ball by Eugene-Louis Lami in 1848. Queen Victoria (1819-1901) was the 1st royal resident of Buckingham Palace after the restoration by architects John Nash & Edward Blore. It became the official royal palace of the British monarch on her accession in 1837. She moved quickly to make it suit her needs & personality. She wished visitors to know that once they were coming up the Grand Staircase they were indeed inside a royal palace.