Characters in High Life
James Gillray British
Publisher Hannah Humphrey British
Not on view
Two ladies wearing evening dress move through the New Rooms at London's Opera House, their turbans adorned with expensive ostrich feathers which were then, literally, the height of fashion. The lady at left is tall and handsome and guides a much shorter companion who wears a simpler gown combined with feathers that rise to the same height as those of her companion. The figures have been identified as the celebrated beauty and society hostess Mary Isabella Manners, Duchess of Rutland (1756-1831) who is shown escorting an unmarried daughter, either Lady Elizabeth (who married in 1798) or Lady Katherine (who married in 1800).