Sunday, August 22, 2010

Yay or Nay? Mrs Marie Dauncey

Please excuse this very late edition or our normally scheduled fashion critique.  My recent travels have prevented posting so I have a bit of blogger's guilt which I need to relieve in an immediate Yay or Nay (not to mention, I cannot bear another day without snappy comments).  When we last left off Maria Amalia Christina was impressing everyone with her fancy frock and earned herself a Yay.  Now for something a little different; let's look at headgear.


James Northcote paints Marie Dauncey (1789) in her towering mauve hat.  Yay or Nay?

20 comments:

Tulip said...

Yay. I rather like her look there; she has frivolous ribbons worthy of a historical romance heroine.

Margravine Louisa said...

ick.
nuff said

heidenkind said...

The hat's kinda cool. I'm going to go with yay.

madamekat said...

Hrm...I feel like I would like the hat if it were on someone else. I just don't like it paired with her hair and gown. But since I like the hat itself, I'm going to give it a yay!

K. L. said...

Most definitely Yay. I love the height, the ribbons, the color. Katherine Louise

nightsmusic said...

In this instance, after enlarging the painting, I have to say Nay. It looks like a pilgrim hat behind those ribbons, or a witch's hat, take your choice, and whatever those black things are that are barely visible just make it too...too.

Now, take the point of the hat away and all those black frou-frou things, I'd have to say yay to just the hat and ribbons, but this?

Nay.

Nation of Shopkeepers said...

Big ol'Yay! She's awesome....
think of all the shopkeepers she patronized to pull-off this look.

Cherylynn said...

Love the hat, but I have a question about hair. I realize this is an era that pre-dates Conditioner but why does hair often seem to be grey and frizzy in many of these portraits? Is it always a wig? or their own hair, powdered?

Emmeline Cartwright said...

Absolutely YAY!
I want that hat! Colour, Ribbons...
Very sophisticated.

Leah said...

She looks like a shepherdess gone wrong with that hair. The.. "headdress" looks atrocious.
Nix, no, NAY.

Jessi P (AKA Emily Ryder) said...

I think I'd like it better if it were blue - and not on her or with the gown. Nay.

Camille said...

She looks like she forgot to take her hat off the hat box and is actually wearing the hat box on her head. She has the same hair as a poodle - I love curly/frizzy hair, I have curly hair myself, but as Cherylynn said, what's up with all this frizzy gray hair ?! And there's way too much fur on her collar. NAY.
When you forget all that, she has a very pretty face though.

The Duchess said...

I really love it. A huge yay. It is so pretty, a lovely painting.

Neassa said...

I say Yea. The hat has Presence, the ribbons are crisp and lovely, and the color is flattering.

French at hArt said...

Yay to a very pretty face; everything else is ridiculous, the hair, the collar and the ribbons piled on top of it all.
Au Revoir,
♥Danette

Anonymous said...

Nay

Audrey said...

i love the lining, it's very luxurious. But the dark dress and what appears to be a turtle neck like neck line makes her seem like an old grandma. The hat is a lovely color, but it doesnt make up for the dreary, overly modest dress. Though i love the fur it cant save this outfit. Nay.

Linda said...

I might be a bit startled if I met her on the street, but it is a beautifully arresting painting. So I say at least yay for the painter.

Sunny @ the Library said...

Nay!

She looks like a gussied up Pilgrim.

DoughnutHoes said...

Her hat literally looks like a wrapped present. And the present is a poodle, because that's what her hair is styled like. In other words, 'Nay'!