|Female Lucubration, British Museum, c1772|
|Art Institute of Chicago|
The same print from the Art Institute of Chicago. A better view of the cap, her sleeve ruffles and also of her apron, and handkerchief
Her cap has very shallow knife pleats around her face, puffs along the join of the pleats and a decorative ribbon that does not appear to go around her head. The ribbon puffs appear to be made from a ribbon at least two inches wide.
Of note are the apron strings going around the back of the gown. It has been suggested to me that women put their apron strings through the pocket slits in order to not break the line of the gown in the back. The views of the back of women's gowns do not bear this theory out so far, but something to keep in mind while examining artwork. Clearly here the apron strings are tied around the back and then to the front.
|Queen Charlotte, 1771, Royal Collection Trust|
This ring has a similar cap to the lucubrator above worn by Queen Charlotte, which brings up the question. Could this be a "Queen's Cap"? I don't think there will ever be an answer to that, but if you have the question, you may stumble on the answer somewhere along the way.
Charlotte's cap is more high end, sharper pleats with more decorations at center front. Smaller ribbon puffs and I think it is wired or heavily starched. Possibly crimped but it could be pleated. Difficult to tell, so for this one I am leaning towards pleats but could be shoved over to crimped with a little push.
|Attributed to Copley|
This portrait has no date or provenance. It has been speculated to be by Copley, but who knows. Now this cap could be crimped. Very simple in design, but the fabric is lovely, sheer gauze. This is going to be the next project since I have finished the Elizabeth Carr cap. I have the gauze, the design, just need the hours. I have experimented with crimping silk gauze, easy peasy. A post on that soon.