Photographic study of Isabella and Clementia Maude, Viscountess Hawarden

Photographic study of Isabella and Clementia Maude, Viscountess Hawarden

Photographic study of Isabella and Clementia Maude
Viscountess Clementia Hawarden
About 1861-2
London 
Museum no. PH.457:499-1968
Given by Lady Clementia Tottenham

This photographic study imitates the composition of Raphael's famous painting of the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child, which is now in Dresden. Nonetheless it is useful for dating purposes as it shows fashions typical of the 1860s. Both girls are wearing full skirts and both wear their hair pulled back and worn in a low bun or chignon. Importantly their dresses feature pagoda sleeves, which were particularly fashionable in the 1850s and 1860s. Pagoda sleeves are set low to create a fashionable sloping line from shoulder to arm, and the sleeve itself flares outwards into a wide cuff.