Portrait of Lady Duckworth, F. Hollyer

Portrait of Lady Duckworth, F. Hollyer

Portrait of Lady Duckworth
Frederick Hollyer (1837-1933)
About 1890
England
Platinum print
Museum no. 7835-1938

This portrait of Lady Duckworth shows her in Victorian mourning dress. A widow was expected to conform to strict rules governing her clothes for at least two years after the death of her husband, which included the wearing of a widow's lace cap and a black cape as seen here. A younger woman might discard her mourning garb after two years, but elderly widows generally wore it for much longer, if not the rest of their lives.