Lady Worsley in her Riding Habit by Sir Joshua Reynolds
Portrait of Sir Richard Worsley by Sir Joshua Reynolds
Women’s riding habits have often tended to reflect men’s clothing throughout the years, from the Georgian era like this one, through to the late Victorian and even the Edwardian age. Lady Worsley’s, of course, is no different. The red riding habit carries details of her husband’s military uniform, down to the cutaway jacket and the buff waistcoat. Perhaps this was a token of remembrance, whilst her husband was off during these years fighting the American rebels?
lmao no wrong sorry
Sir Richard Worsley didn’t fight in the damn war; that is his militia uniform. Lady Worsley’s riding habit was modeled after the militia uniform, as was the fashion that year, since the ton was in Coxheath with the militia, makin’ jackasses of themselves or whatever.
Also the painting of Sir Richard is from 1775 you’re right but the one of Lady Worsley wasn’t painted until I believe 1779.
info is from The Lady in Red by Hallie Rubenhold which I am currently reading; it’s mainly about the Worsleys’ extra-scandalous divorce but there’s lots of stuff in there and it’s great, would recommend
Oh dear, thanks for the info!
I got my info on these pictures from Wikipedia so I can imagine the accuracy may be a little dubious sometimes. I’ll definitely have to look into your book instead :)
This had been in my drafts for at least a year…Totally forgot to post it. lol.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2001, at the Open Air Theatre in Regents Park, London.
Oh, and Happy New Year everyone.