Beth has a German bisque head with a yak hair wig (see earlier entries on wigs) and blue eyes. She wears a gown of printed cotton with a flower pattern in a closed robe a la anglaise with panniers. A robe a la anglaise, unlike a robe a la francaise, was fitted to the waist in the back. Many of these robes were rather low in front, so they filled in with a dcolletage of lace or a lace ruffle fastened around the neck, almost like the 17th century neck ruffs. Panniers were worn slighter lower on the hip and extended farther out from side to side...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Repeating pistol. Invented by Gustav Bittner of Weipert,(Vejprty) Bohemia, about 1893. Partially checkered wooden grips, fully checkered wooden forepiece.
Elisabeth Paxton Oliver was born in Glasgow, Virginia. Because of the bias against women artists in her time, she, like S.E. Smith, used initials to conceal her gender, hoping to have her work judged on its own merits. Early in her career, she did Orientalist-style oil paintings based upon a trip to Morocco; according to family lore, one of these was selected by the jury for the Paris Salon. Later in life, Oliver moved to Tryon, North Carolina and found success with watercolor paintings of birds like the Black-Capped Chickadees, following in the footsteps of master ornithological painters John James...
Created by: Oliver, E. Paxton