woman reading (in profile)
sixth plate


The stark nature of this brightly lit profile dominates the content of the book at which she is gazing. The book seems to contain fashion plates from the 1850's and captures her intention completely. The book, in all likelihood, does not survive, but this image which shows this woman wearing clothes from the 1850's does survive. As we look at this and other images of the time, we get as good an idea of what people used to look like as we might have gotten from the book itself.

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