The Duchess of Kent (Costume Design for 'Queen Victoria')

WAG 1646


This watercolour painting features two costume designs from the play 'Queen Victoria'. The inscription below the two female figures depicted suggests that both costumes are for the character of The Duchess of Kent. The costume on the left depicts a white dress with a tiered effect at the bottom. It shines as if possibly made of silk or satin. The figure is wearing a white bonet and wrapped around them is a yellow shawl, decorated with a red and blue design around the edges. The figure on the right is a black gown or skirts and bodice. The wide skirt consists of an overskirt with a tiered effect at the bottom layered on top of an underskit . The bodice features pleated detailing in the chest area as well as ruffles on the sleeves. Three bows are drawn at the neckline and on the sleeves. The figure's hair is in ringlets and put up using a white hair accessory. The outline of a shawl has been draw on the arms but not filled in with a colour.