Exhibitions/ Art Object

[Variations on the "Elvira" Dress]

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: 12.5 x 8.9 cm (4 15/16 x 3 1/2 in.) A Image: 12.5 x 8.7 cm (4 15/16 x 3 7/16 in.) B Image: 12.3 x 8.9 cm (4 13/16 x 3 1/2 in.) C Image: 12.3 x 8.8 cm (4 13/16 x 3 7/16 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:
2005.100.409a–d
Not on view
Inscription: Verso uncatalogued
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 2005.100.408a-d. This album page was laid out with particular care. The photographs here offer four painted variations of the same dress, worn by the Countess in her portrait as "Elvira." The Countess has her hair painted red-gold, a color made fashionable in 1863-4 by Cora Pearl, the English courtesan then at the height of her fame. The Countess liked to change the color of her hair; she sometimes appeared as a brunette, sometimes a blonde. [PA; "La Divine Comtesse", p. 178]
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