Art 20.01.2014
mourning sampler Mary Ann Medcalf 1857

Mourning Sampler for the Medcalf Family, 1857

Needlework is one of the most personal expressions of mourning art, and this is due to the lack of a…

Memories 25.03.2013

“Anatomy: Soul” – Modern Mourning and Burial Garb

For all of the Mourners living in Australia, tomorrow is your chance to see a wonderful program entitled Anatomy: Soul…

Miniatures 01.09.2011
18th Century Mourning MIniature with Contemporary Woman

Property of a Lady: 18th Century Costume, Mourning and Art in a Neoclassical Miniature

Because we’re revisiting some fashion this week, let’s take another look at this spectacular miniature: Let me begin today’s lesson…

Textiles 30.08.2011

Knowing Your Fashion, Mourning Fashion in the 17th-19th Centuries

Often, it’s the simplest things that help us understand a time, place or even a piece of jewellery. Jewellery in…

Textiles 01.08.2011
Mourning Silk Art

Mourning Silk Art

From Barbara Robbins comes this wonderful piece and an equally wonderful story! “There is an interesting story behind this silk…

Miniatures 12.10.2010
18th Century Mourning MIniature with Contemporary Woman

Property of a Lady: 18th Century Costume, Mourning and Art in a Neoclassical Miniature

This piece is pained on ivory, measured 1.75 (4.3cm) by 2.25 (6.8cm) inches (loop excluded), set in rose gold. We have a young woman looking up to the cherub carrying the scroll with the writing ‘TO BLISS’, behind her is the willow (gief) and to the distance are the cypress trees pointing their way towards the heavens. In front, we have urn resting on a plinth with ‘SACRED TO THE BEST OF FRIENDS’. All this is painted in hushed sepia tones, except for the cherub and female. On the reverse, we have tightly woven hairwork.

Photography 14.08.2010

The Burns Archive: Dressed to Distress

Rather than write a myriad of superlatives about how magnificent the Burns Archive is, I’d rather let you all discover…

Collecting 27.07.2010
George III Funeral

Textiles Tuesday: 19th Century, Part 2

Women were the symbolic representation of the family, from its wealth to its respectability. By the turn of the century,…

Collecting 20.07.2010
Princess Charlotte

Textiles Tuesday: 19th Century, Part 1

Throughout the 19th century, the height of the mourning industry and cult cut through class structures and was dominated and…

Collecting 13.07.2010
Dated 1788, Memorial ring with a grieving Man

Textiles Tuesday: 18th Century, Part 2

Male costume in the 18th century still retains the conventions of the 17th century, but adapts closer to popular fashion…

Collecting 06.07.2010
Louise, Duchess of Bourbon, 1701

Textiles Tuesday: 18th Century, Part 1

The 18th century welcomed in greater convention for mourning fashion and began to see the rise of the mourning industry….

Collecting 29.06.2010
Marie de Medici c.1630

Textiles Tuesday: 17th Century, Part 2

Men’s fashion over this century followed on from Elizabethan times, as mourning cloaks and hats still remained popular. It wasn’t…

Collecting 22.06.2010
Elizabeth I Funeral Procession 1603

Textiles Tuesday: 17th Century, Part 1

As the primary mourning colour, black was adopted in the fourteenth century, where Planche notes that the earliest record of…

Collecting 15.06.2010

Textiles Tuesday

Mourning costume provides the most visual symbol of mourning appearance and is crucial to the representations and evolution of mourning…