Good day. I'm Sue, and also Miss Boylston. I may or may not end up being Miss Boylston, but I may as well start that way while I figure out what I'm doing. I have no idea yet what that will be.
I'd like to
put more time into researching the use of
lace in the 18th century, but I've done enough research already to
know what I need (or don't) for next year's event. Speaking of lace, Two Nerdy History
Girls recently cited Joseph Wright of Derby's Portrait of Mrs.
Andrew Lindington (c. 1761-63, Philadelphia
Museum of Art, 1968-73-1) for its Roman
pearls, but what I love about it is the fine quality of his
rendering of her blonde lace mantle, which is so well executed
that I could nearly take a pattern from it (definitely the simple
fan-and-ground edging, and I could wing the rest of it…). (The Nerdy
Girls give a higher resolution version than the Phila. Museum of Art
website.) Perhaps someday I'll manage to produce a blonde mantle,
but that's a project that would take me years to execute!