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Title
Thetis, a sea-nymph
Alternative Title
Thetis
Contributor
Gaillard (engraver)
Publication Information
Ella Strong Denison Library
Contributing Institution
Claremont Colleges Library
Collection
Fashion Plate Collection, 19th Century
Rights Information
For more information on copyright or permissions for this image, please contact the Ella Strong Denison Library at http://libraries.claremont.edu/denison
Description
A woman poses in an opera costume as the sea-nymph Thetis. She wears an ankle length silver dress with a long sea green cape and a sea green overskirt, with a fishscale pattern on it. The skirt is wide, suggesting the presence of panniers. She wears a head piece made of thin green leaves to suggest seaweed, small white flowers and pearls, and a pouf of white material in her hair. She wears an ornate choker made of pearls with three tiers and small drop pendants. The neck of her white satin bodice is low and square, decorated with pearls, with a lace ruffle along the edge, and a scallop seashell-shaped decoration as a brooch. The sleeves are long with lines of pearls running in vertical stripes down the arm to the elbow. Pink ribbon bows encircle her elbow. The bottom half of her sleeves are adorned with rows of horizontal pearls. The sea green cape that she wears is pinned to her right shoulder and falls across her back to be pinned at her left hip. A strand of pearls crosses the front of her bodice from each pin. The overskirt is drawn up in two places on the right side by pink double bows. The silver skirt underneath is detailed at the hem with a wide band of gold shells, seaweed, and garlands of flowers. She wears pink high heeled shoes with jeweled buckles, and white stockings. She points down with her left hand and holds an oval hand mirror, symbol of the mermaid, in her right.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/fpc/id/32
Language
French
Subject
Women's clothing
Dresses
Clothing and dress
Bodices
Bows (Ribbon work)
Brocade
Color in clothing
Feathers
Flowers
Gloves
Necklaces
Pearls
Women's shoes
Shoe buckles
Mirrors
Opera costumes
Place
France
Source
Fashion plate, engraving (print), colored, 9.25 x 14.125 inches; Scripps College, Ella Strong Denison Library, Macpherson Collection, Costume Plates of Myrtle Tyrrell Kirby, box 1
Relation
Fashion Plate Collection, 19th Century - http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/col/fpc

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