At the left is the inspiration for my ensemble, black in honor of the dead, velvet for the cool weather in March in Brussels, where we had our own virtual Duchess of Richmond's Ball as seen on Facebook.
The painting by James Lonsdale, 1815, is a portrait of Lady Anne Hamilton, V&A.
You can review the proceedings on Facebook at .https://www.facebook.com/events/1378988715749564/
Below is a detail from the famous panting of The Duchess of Richmond's Ball, held on June 15, 1815. The artist is Robert Alexander Hillingford and you will learn more about him in a few days, right here. You can visit this painting at Goodwood House, home of the Duke of Richmond in West Sussex, UK.