Exhibitions/ Art Object

[Variations on the "Elvira" and "Ritrosetta" Dresses]

Artist:
Pierre-Louis Pierson (French, 1822–1913)
Artist:
Painted and retouched by Unknown (French)
Person in Photograph:
Countess Virginia Oldoini Verasis di Castiglione (1835–1899)
Date:
1861–67
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
Image: 12.4 x 8.8 cm (4 7/8 x 3 7/16 in.) A Image: 12.5 x 8.9 cm (4 15/16 x 3 1/2 in.) B Image: 12.3 x 8.8 cm (4 13/16 x 3 7/16 in.) C Image: 12.4 x 8.9 cm (4 7/8 x 3 1/2 in.) D Mount: 32.2 x 24 cm (12 11/16 x 9 7/16 in.) Mat: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.408a–d
Not on view
Inscription: No inscriptions or annotations visible
Maurice Levert; (Pescheteau-Badin, Godeau & Leroy, Paris, January 28, 1995, lot 91); Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York

This page comes from the same album as 2005.100.409a-d. The dresses for "Ritrosetta" (a and d) and "Elvira" (b and c) reappear here but are transformed by painted additions. Changing the trimmings on a dress was an economical way of prolonging its life. The Countess, who was often short of money, must have made frequent use of this expedient. [PA; "La Divine Comtesse", p. 178]
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