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This year’s theme was “Gilded Glamour and White Tie”. The theme honours a period of rapid prosperity, industrialization and growth in the US from 1870 to 1890. Due to the innovation of steam-power looms and electricity, fabric was produced quickly and inexpensively. This meant women’s dresses often featured a combination of many textiles, like satin, silk, velvet, and fringe, all adorned with over-the-top textures like lace, bows, frills, and ruffles.

46 artworks
  • Winter c.1876
    Alfred Emile Léopold Joseph Victor Stevens (1823–1906)
    Oil on canvas
    H 76 x W 25 cm
    City of London Corporation
    Winter
    Photo credit: City of London Corporation

  • Reverend John Shepherd Birley (1805–1883) c.1876–1877
    Daniel Macnee (1806–1882)
    Oil on canvas
    H 240 x W 120 cm
    Her Majesty's Court Service, Preston Crown Court
    Reverend John Shepherd Birley (1805–1883)
    Photo credit: Her Majesty's Court Service, Preston Crown Court

  • Autumn c.1876
    Alfred Emile Léopold Joseph Victor Stevens (1823–1906)
    Oil on canvas
    H 76 x W 25 cm
    City of London Corporation
    Autumn
    Photo credit: City of London Corporation

  • Woman in White 1872
    Alfred Joseph Woolmer (1805–1892)
    Oil on canvas
    H 53.3 x W 43.1 cm
    Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
    Woman in White
    Photo credit: Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

  • The Artist's Wife, Ellen Moxon (c.1854–1917), Lady Orchardson 1872
    William Quiller Orchardson (1832–1910)
    Oil on canvas
    H 191 x W 119.5 cm
    National Galleries of Scotland
    The Artist's Wife, Ellen Moxon (c.1854–1917), Lady Orchardson
    Photo credit: National Galleries of Scotland

  • Edward Howes (1813–1871) 1872
    Frederick Sandys (1829–1904)
    Oil on canvas
    H 113 x W 89 cm
    Norwich Civic Portrait Collection, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
    Edward Howes (1813–1871)
    Photo credit: Norwich Civic Portrait Collection, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

  • Portrait of a Woman 1872–1875
    Berthe Morisot (1841–1895)
    Oil on canvas
    H 56 x W 46.1 cm
    The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

  • George Herbert and His Mother 1872
    Charles West Cope (1811–1890)
    Oil on canvas
    H 74 x W 61 cm
    Gallery Oldham
    George Herbert and His Mother
    Photo credit: Bridgeman Images

  • The 3rd Earl of Bradford (1819–1898) 1872
    Frederick Sargent (1837–1899)
    Oil on canvas
    H 29 x W 23 cm
    Weston Park
    The 3rd Earl of Bradford (1819–1898)
    Photo credit: Trustees of the Weston Park Foundation

  • Yes or No? 1872
    Charles West Cope (1811–1890)
    Oil on panel
    H 76.8 x W 63.8 cm
    Walker Art Gallery
    Yes or No?
    Photo credit: Walker Art Gallery

  • Judith 1872
    Marcel Johann Zadorecki (active 1872–1939)
    Oil on canvas
    H 96.5 x W 71.1 cm
    The Whitaker
    Judith
    Photo credit: The Whitaker

  • Hearts are Trumps 1872
    John Everett Millais (1829–1896)
    Oil on canvas
    H 165.7 x W 219.7 cm
    Tate
    Hearts are Trumps
    Photo credit: Tate

  • Miss Helen Faucit (1814–1898), Actress 1873
    Rudolf Lehmann (1819–1905)
    Oil on canvas
    H 134.6 x W 101 cm
    Royal Shakespeare Company Collection
    Miss Helen Faucit (1814–1898), Actress
    Photo credit: Royal Shakespeare Company Collection

  • Ellen Dana Conway (1833–1897) 1873
    Arthur Hughes (1832–1915)
    Oil on panel
    H 62 x W 43 cm
    Conway Hall
    Ellen Dana Conway (1833–1897)
    Photo credit: Townley Valuation Services Ltd.

  • Cache-cache 1873
    Guglielmo Innocenti (active c.1872–1887)
    Oil on wood
    H 33.7 x W 26.7 cm
    York Museums Trust

  • Charlotte Marion Baird (1851/1852–1937), Countess of Enniskillen 1873
    Henry Richard Graves (1818–1882)
    Oil on canvas
    H 127.5 x W 101.5 cm
    National Trust, Florence Court
    Charlotte Marion Baird (1851/1852–1937), Countess of Enniskillen
    Photo credit: National Trust Images

  • Mrs Gilbert Farquhuar Davidson 1873
    Jules Louis Machard (1839–1900)
    Oil on canvas
    H 136 x W 100.5 cm
    Brighton & Hove Museums
    Mrs Gilbert Farquhuar Davidson
    Photo credit: Brighton & Hove Museums

  • The Toilet 1870
    William Powell Frith (1819–1909)
    Oil on canvas
    H 78.9 x W 64.5 cm
    Sheffield Museums
    The Toilet
    Photo credit: Sheffield Museums

  • Reading 1871
    Alfred Joseph Woolmer (1805–1892)
    Oil on canvas
    H 38.5 x W 29 cm
    Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
    Reading
    Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

  • Jean Milne Home 1870
    Charles Augustus Henry Lutyens (1829–1915)
    Oil on canvas
    H 125.8 x W 100 cm
    The Paxton Trust
    Jean Milne Home
    Photo credit: The Paxton Trust

  • Ideal Portrait of Lady Macbeth 1870
    Thomas Francis Dicksee (1819–1895)
    Oil on canvas
    H 128.2 x W 102.5 cm
    Walker Art Gallery
    Ideal Portrait of Lady Macbeth
    Photo credit: Walker Art Gallery

  • Mrs Spencelayh c.1875
    Charles Spencelayh (1865–1958) (attributed to)
    Oil on canvas
    H 39 x W 34 cm
    Guildhall Museum, Rochester
    Mrs Spencelayh
    © the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Bridgeman Images

  • Blonde and Brunette 1870s
    Henry Guillaume Schlesinger (1814–1893)
    Oil on canvas
    H 64 x W 52 cm
    Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
    Blonde and Brunette
    Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

  • Lady Ida (1848–1936), Viscountess Newport, afterwards Countess of Bradford 1870
    unknown artist
    Hand-tinted photograph
    H 7 x W 5.7 cm
    Weston Park
    Lady Ida (1848–1936), Viscountess Newport, afterwards Countess of Bradford
    Photo credit: Trustees of the Weston Park Foundation

  • Dr J. C. Cookworthy 1870
    Francis Lane (active 1864–1870)
    Oil on canvas
    H 90 x W 69 cm
    The Box, Plymouth
    Dr J. C. Cookworthy
    Photo credit: The Box, Plymouth

  • The Right Honourable Jesse Collings (1831–1920) 1881
    Jonathan Pratt (1835–1911)
    Oil on canvas
    H 127.5 x W 101.3 cm
    Birmingham Museums Trust
    The Right Honourable Jesse Collings (1831–1920)
    Photo credit: Birmingham Museums Trust

  • The Honourable Anne Elizabeth Weld-Forester (1802–1885), Countess of Chesterfield 1874
    Frederick Percy Graves (1837–1903)
    Oil on panel
    H 58.5 x W 47 cm
    National Trust, Hughenden Manor
    The Honourable Anne Elizabeth Weld-Forester (1802–1885), Countess of Chesterfield
    Photo credit: National Trust Images

  • Alice Burford Rawlings, née Pardoe (1814–1885) c.1837
    Henry Spurrier Parkman (1814–1864)
    Oil on canvas
    H 74.5 x W 62.3 cm
    Nantgarw China Works Museum
    Alice Burford Rawlings, née Pardoe (1814–1885)
    Photo credit: Nantgarw China Works Museum

  • Katharine Jex-Blake
    Herman Herkomer (1863–1935)
    Oil on canvas
    H 75 x W 62 cm
    Girton College, University of Cambridge
    Katharine Jex-Blake
    Photo credit: Girton College, University of Cambridge

  • Naughty Pet
    Henry Wyatt (1794–1840)
    Oil on canvas
    H 35.6 x W 28 cm
    Birmingham Museums Trust
    Naughty Pet
    Photo credit: Birmingham Museums Trust

  • Juliana Pole-Carew (1812–1881), Lady Robartes 1839
    Robert Thorburn (1818–1885)
    Oil on canvas
    H 71 x W 54.5 cm
    National Trust, Lanhydrock
    Juliana Pole-Carew (1812–1881), Lady Robartes
    Photo credit: National Trust Images

  • Lady Skating on Ice 1882
    Ludovico Marchetti (1853–1909)
    Oil on panel
    H 25 x W 20 cm
    Government Art Collection
    Lady Skating on Ice
    Photo credit: Government Art Collection

  • Mrs Park Yates 1881
    George Elgar Hicks (1824–1914)
    Oil on card
    H 21 x W 17.2 cm
    Southampton City Art Gallery
    Mrs Park Yates
    Photo credit: Southampton City Art Gallery

  • Young Lady in a Feather Hat 1881
    Jan van Beers (1852–1927)
    Oil on mahogany panel
    H 32 x W 22 cm
    Kelmarsh Hall
    Young Lady in a Feather Hat
    Photo credit: Kelmarsh Hall

  • After Marriage 1881
    Arthur Howes Weigall (c.1836–1894)
    Oil on canvas
    H 89 x W 68.5 cm
    The New Art Gallery Walsall
    After Marriage
    Photo credit: The New Art Gallery Walsall

  • Saskia van Uylenburgh (1612–1642) 1881
    Charles François Felu (1830–1900)
    Oil on canvas
    H 77 x W 61.5 cm
    National Trust, Kingston Lacy
    Saskia van Uylenburgh (1612–1642)
    Photo credit: National Trust Images

  • The First Born 1881
    Josephus Laurentius Dyckmans (1811–1888)
    Oil on panel
    H 49.5 x W 38 cm
    Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
    The First Born
    Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

  • The Umbrellas about 1881-6
    Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919)
    Oil on canvas
    H 180.3 x W 114.9 cm
    The National Gallery, London
    The Umbrellas
    Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

  • Mrs William Lawrie 1881
    William McTaggart (1835–1910)
    Oil on canvas
    H 90.8 x W 60.4 cm
    National Galleries of Scotland
    Mrs William Lawrie
    Photo credit: National Galleries of Scotland

  • Flora St Clair Paint (d.1905), Mrs Samuel Theodore Mander 1881
    George Frederick Chester (c.1840–1913)
    Oil on canvas
    H 75 x W 63 cm
    National Trust, Wightwick Manor
    Flora St Clair Paint (d.1905), Mrs Samuel Theodore Mander
    Photo credit: National Trust Images

  • Phyllis 1880
    George Clausen (1852–1944)
    Oil on canvas
    H 65 x W 30 cm
    Gallery Oldham
    Phyllis
    Photo credit: Gallery Oldham

  • Schoolgirls 1880
    George Clausen (1852–1944)
    Oil on canvas
    H 52.1 x W 77.2 cm
    Yale Center for British Art

  • Lady in White Dress Holding Flowers 1880
    George Elgar Hicks (1824–1914)
    Oil on card
    H 36.8 x W 26 cm
    Southampton City Art Gallery
    Lady in White Dress Holding Flowers
    Photo credit: Southampton City Art Gallery

  • Julia Neilson-Terry (1868–1957), FRAM, as Drusilla Ives in 'The Dancing Girl' 1891
    John Collier (1850–1934)
    Oil on canvas
    H 233 x W 145 cm
    Royal Academy of Music
    Julia Neilson-Terry (1868–1957), FRAM, as Drusilla Ives in 'The Dancing Girl'
    Photo credit: Royal Academy of Music

  • Mary, 7th Countess of Sandwich
    Henry Richard Graves (1818–1882)
    Oil on canvas
    H 79 x W 66 cm
    Hinchingbrooke House
    Mary, 7th Countess of Sandwich
    Photo credit: Hinchingbrooke House

  • Florence Mary Ann Fane, Mrs Albert Bankes 1877
    Henry Richard Graves (1818–1882)
    Oil on canvas
    H 90 x W 60 cm
    National Trust, Kingston Lacy
    Florence Mary Ann Fane, Mrs Albert Bankes
    Photo credit: National Trust Images