Image: Woman with Glasses
Date: c. 1900
Subject: Portrait bust of a woman
Dress: Her clothing is barely visible, but I see a hint of texture around her collarbone area that looks like it could be embroidery. Something like eyelet, perhaps. Her high standing collar is probably supported inside with tiny bones of whalebone or zig-zagged wire.
Accessories: There is a tiny brooch at her throat. Unusually, she is wearing glasses. I don’t know if the dearth of images of women wearing glasses is because few women wore them or because most took them off for their photograph. But these are adorable- wire rimmed and oval shaped.
Hair: Her hair is center parted and probably combed over a pad of some kind. Her hair has a somewhat awkward shape, but picture it with one of the magnificent hats of the period and you will understand the reason for it.