Pimped-Out Dress: Was actually required to wear those famously enormous panniered hoopskirts, which were
considered formal court dress (along with the idiotically high wigs and
huge bright circles of rouge on each cheek). In private life, she
greatly preferred the new trend of simplicity, escaping whenever
possible into comparatively unfussy sashed frocks in lawn and linen, and
scandalized many for wearing an wholly untrimmed loose blouse in one
The model for this painting was the artist’s daughter at age 12. This struck me as a strange position to paint your daughter in. She seems to be worried and shielding herself, like she’s afraid to be seen.