Sunday, February 7, 2010

Yay or Nay? Queen Charlotte

Sorry, Lis, close but no cigar! Although the votes were split down the center, Elisabeth of Brunswick was give a Nay. Her offense? The pink "bowtie." These foreign queens just don't have any taste, do they? Active yay or nayer, rileyp suggested we try someone who might appeal to our more English sensibilities.


Nathaniel Dance paints the Queen of England (1769) in glitzy gold and white accented by many, many pearls. Be sure to click on the picture to see it in all its glory. Yay or Nay?

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28 comments:

Pauline said...

Oh, how terribly heavy that costume must have been. I love the look of it, but let her sit down if you please. Nothing can be done about the poor dear's face, can it? *sigh* I must say that I liked the other one better.

Muse in the Fog said...

I say "Yay". If I was not able to click on the image to enlarge it, I would have gone with Nay due to the fact that her head is so small compared to everything else. After seeing the enlarged version I really like this one. The carpet choice could have been a little less clashing though.

Dolly said...

i say yay, i enjoy the dress.

rileyp said...

My inner Tory is saying Yay but I have to agree with everyone that poor Char's face leaves alot to be desired. ;)

The Dreamstress said...

I'm extremely fond of Queen Charlotte, and this dress just affirms my fondness. Like Charlotte, it is elegant and unusual rather than typically 'pretty'.

The pearls and trimmings on the dress would make it be a little too much if it wasn't clearly a state portrait (note the crown in the background). As it is, the fun fabric on the skirt and simple pose and hair add a sense of approachability and sympathy to what could easily be too formal a portrait.

I say a huge 'yay!'

Juli*A*rtemise said...

Yay!

Hester said...

A Yay! Those pearls must have been very very heavy. The pose Charlotte takes is very simple, but stylish. The dress says it all: 'I am the Queen!'

Bi said...

Yay from me. But I think the brown thick line on that dress, wear out my eyes.

adamantixx said...

a most definate Yay!
that's precisely the kind of outfit a Royal Beauty should be seen in, even if she's only staying at home watching the telly!

nightsmusic said...

I must say 'yay' as well. The regal look of the dress leaves no doubt she's a queen.

Christine Walker said...

Oh gosh, I have to say nay. It's too busy for me, something about the skirt fabric, I think.

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Polonaise said...

Yay! A silk purse indeed. A little too much gold thread for me, but after all, it IS an official portrait.

Linda said...

Nay--the dress is too busy and too encrusted and I don't like the layering of the pearls. I like the expression on her face though.

AmandaLane said...

Yay! The gown is gorgeous!

Chokochip said...

YAY!!! I LOVE IT~

Anonymous said...

YAYAYAYAYAYAY!
I loveeee queen charlotteee!
She's my fav.

Lily said...

Well i love her pearls but her hairstyle looks a bit plain making her face look rather washed out maybe a bit of rogue and some feathers, flowers or more pears in her hair would have made her a bit more appeling. But as for her dress and jewllery i will say yay

Jessi P (AKA Emily Ryder) said...

Yay for the dress, nay for the politics, Char dear. Ah well. Can't have everything, can we, m'lady? Though I must say, although she wasn't classically pretty, she isn't that bad!

Heather - loving the enlarge-ability =)Thank you!

Margravine Louisa said...

I say Yay, also-oh, to be a Queen and look so regal!

Jen Thompson said...

Yay... but only because she is a queen. It would be too much on anybody else.

jenny said...

Nay to the dress--WAY too busy with the gold and everything else. But I love the ermine and blue silk draped over the chair! Wear that, girl!

rileyp said...

I take back what I said about her face- once I enlarged it i realized that she isnt at all unattractive. God save the queen!

Ms. Lucy said...

Well she isn't the prettiest...but I love the gown and so I say Yay!

Emily said...

Wonderful fabric! Yay!

Laura said...

I love it! She looks beautiful-a big yay!

Lauren said...

There is something to be said for white and gold.

I give this one a yay.

danni_marie said...

I'm going to say 'NAY' because I think the pattern on the skirt is way too busy.