Wordless Wednesday– Portrait of Anne, Countess of Chesterfield Posted on June 1, 2022May 31, 2022 by Rose Fairbanks Portrait of Anne, Countess of Chesterfield by Thomas Gainsborough, 1777-1778. Source: Wikipedia Share this:TweetLike this:Like Loading... Related
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Lovely but how on earth did they get her hair to stand that high off her head? Another famous artist…I see.
What I have seen discussed is they would make sections. They would have a bun in the center and then pin a “rat” to it made out of their hair or someone else’s. Then they would take the front sections they had kept back and come it over the piled hair. Hair pieces and even wigs were popular in this time period. So the braids on top, might be extra pieces. Very few women had enough of their own hair to do these looks. Also, there’s reason to think that styles are exaggerated in portraits and fashion plates. An early form of photoshop. 🙂