Photograph, portrait of Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Frederick Hollyer (1837-1933)
Museum no. 7640-1938
Mrs Elizabeth Robins Pennell was a correspondent for the fashionable 'Pall Mall Gazette'. She also wrote several books.
She is shown here in fashionable mid 1890s dress, sporting a rather masculine tailored jacket with exaggerated leg of mutton sleeves. Her hair is piled up on top of her head, and her hat sits high and straight on her crown, trimmed with feathers and berries. From what we can see of her skirt it appears that she is wearing the popular and simple A-line skirt of the time.