Photograph, portrait of Louise Jopling Rowe (1843-1933)
Frederick Hollyer (1838-1933)
Museum no. 7788-1938
This portrait is of the Louise Jopling Rowe (1843-1933), one of the best known female painters of the Victorian era. She is shown here at 47 years old, when she was already interested in 'rational' dress - a dress movement that eschewed heavy bustles, massive crinoline skirts and tight corsetry. At the turn of the century she served as vice-president of the Healthy and Artistic Dress Union, which championed this less restrictive mode of dress. The dress she is wearing here has several features of artistic dress. The silhouette is very simple and unfussy, and the dress is loosely corseted or not at all - a distinctely unusual feature during the 1890s.