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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

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

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Reverend John Shepherd Birley (1805–1883)
Photo credit: Her Majesty's Court Service, Preston Crown Court
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

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

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

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The Artist's Wife, Ellen Moxon (c.1854–1917), Lady Orchardson
Photo credit: National Galleries of Scotland
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

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Edward Howes (1813–1871)
Photo credit: Norwich Civic Portrait Collection, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
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
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)

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

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

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

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

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

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Miss Helen Faucit (1814–1898), Actress
Photo credit: Royal Shakespeare Company Collection
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

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Ellen Dana Conway (1833–1897)
Photo credit: Townley Valuation Services Ltd.
Ellen Dana Conway (1833–1897) 1873
Arthur Hughes (1832–1915)
Oil on panel
H 62 x W 43 cm
Conway Hall
Cache-cache 1873
Guglielmo Innocenti (active c.1872–1887)
Oil on wood
H 33.7 x W 26.7 cm
York Museums Trust

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Charlotte Marion Baird (1851/1852–1937), Countess of Enniskillen
Photo credit: National Trust Images
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

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

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

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

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

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Ideal Portrait of Lady Macbeth
Photo credit: Walker Art Gallery
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

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

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

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Lady Ida (1848–1936), Viscountess Newport, afterwards Countess of Bradford
Photo credit: Trustees of the Weston Park Foundation
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

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

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The Right Honourable Jesse Collings (1831–1920)
Photo credit: Birmingham Museums Trust
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

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The Honourable Anne Elizabeth Weld-Forester (1802–1885), Countess of Chesterfield
Photo credit: National Trust Images
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

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Alice Burford Rawlings, née Pardoe (1814–1885)
Photo credit: Nantgarw China Works Museum
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

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

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

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Juliana Pole-Carew (1812–1881), Lady Robartes
Photo credit: National Trust Images
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

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

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

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

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

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Saskia van Uylenburgh (1612–1642)
Photo credit: National Trust Images
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

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

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The Umbrellas
Photo credit: The National Gallery, London
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

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

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Flora St Clair Paint (d.1905), Mrs Samuel Theodore Mander
Photo credit: National Trust Images
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

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Phyllis
Photo credit: Gallery Oldham
Phyllis 1880
George Clausen (1852–1944)
Oil on canvas
H 65 x W 30 cm
Gallery Oldham
Schoolgirls 1880
George Clausen (1852–1944)
Oil on canvas
H 52.1 x W 77.2 cm
Yale Center for British Art

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Lady in White Dress Holding Flowers
Photo credit: Southampton City Art Gallery
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

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Julia Neilson-Terry (1868–1957), FRAM, as Drusilla Ives in 'The Dancing Girl'
Photo credit: Royal Academy of Music
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

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

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Florence Mary Ann Fane, Mrs Albert Bankes
Photo credit: National Trust Images
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