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Mrs. Thomas Pelham (Anneta, daughter of Thomas Bridges, wife of Thomas Pelham) by Joseph Highmore, 1720s.

13 arts events to kick of 2013 (Pictured: "Mrs. Thomas Pelham," by Joseph Highmore, from the Spencer Museum of Art's new permanent exhibit)

1738 Madame James Fremeaux (1720-1801) by-Jean Etienne Liotard (Musées d'Art et d'Histoire - Geneve Switzerland)

1738 Madame James Fremeaux by-Jean Etienne Liotard (Musées d'Art et…

George Knapton, Elizabeth Howard (1701-1739) Elizabeth Howard (1701-1739), eldest daughter of Charles Howard, 3rd earl of Carlisle, in Turkish costume

It's About Time: Turquerie-George Knapton (English artist, Portrait of Lady Elizabeth Howard

Historical costuming and vintage sewing projects, with dress diaries and research on period dress from the 16th to the 20th century.

It's About Time: Jean-Baptiste Le Prince Lady in Turkish Dress,

Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702-1789)’s parents were French Huguenots who fled to the independent Protestant city state of Geneva. Thus the lad was born in Geneva, did some of his training there and later finished his training in Paris.  He first joined some very Grand Tourists in Italy such as Viscount Duncannon, Earl of Sandwich and accompanied them to the Levant. He spent 4 amazing years in Constantinople (1738-42), absorbing the visual pleasures of the exotic East. "The Turk" as he called…

Jean-Etienne Liotard, Portrait of Laura Tarsi, late Watercolour and bodycolour on ivory. Is it possible that Liotard had several sets of Costumes that he dressed his sitters in? It seems the exact costumes are used on several different women.

Portrait of Madame Marigot in Smyrna by Liotard

Portrait of Madame Marigot in Smyrna by Liotard Note the beautiful Entari and the open line with a visible cleavage under the transparent undershirt called Gömlek . This was not worn for sexual reasons but for aesthetic reasons!

Portrait of Kazimiera Wilżyna née Potocka.

Kazimierz Wojniakowski - Portret Kazimiery z Potockich Wilżyny

Knife Sharpener Anne Claude Philippe de Tubières, Comte de Caylus  (French, Paris 1692–1765 Paris)

Knife Sharpener Anne Claude Philippe de Tubières, Comte de Caylus (French, Paris 1692–1765 Paris)

The Venetian Turkish Coat...not for me, but for our local Baroness for 12th Night

Portrait of a Venetian Lady -- 1555 -- Titian -- Italian -- Oil on canvas -- National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

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