Grace has an Armand Marseille bisque head with blond hair and blue eyes. She is wearing an Alice blue taffeta walking dress trimmed with blue and gray silk braid over a bustle. Taffeta is a crisp lustrous fabric woven of various fiber, which takes it name from the Persian word taftah, meaning woven. Grace's blue taffeta overdress has a tight bodice, as was popular this period. With it she wears the standing band around her neck that replaced the flat lace collars previously popular. The dress buttons from the throat down to mid--calf length in order to achieve a...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Manufactured by: Armand Marseilles
One of America's pre-eminent still life artists, Severin Roesen nonetheless led a life steeped in mystery. While he was originally from Germany, little is known of him until he arrived in America in 1847. Abandoning the neo-classical restraint of American still-life painters like Raphaelle Peale, Roesen created a new, exuberant style that echoed the Baroque Dutch and German painters who inspired him. His crisply detailed and brilliantly colored compositions are some of the most complex paintings in the genre. Wealthy collectors put them on prominent display in their dining rooms to signify their riches, taste, and status. Unfortunately, Roesen's personal...
Created by: Roesen, Severin