Jennet Scott in fancy dress, 1876


Jennet Scott in fancy dress by William James Topley, March 1876

Miss Scott (of Hull) is dressed as “A Tambourin Girl” for a fancy dress ball hosted by Lord and Lady Dufferin on February 23, 1876. A lengthy description of her costume appeared in the Toronto Globe on February 24, 1876 (pg 4), which reads:

wore a dress formed of three skirts, the first, reaching to the ankles, of pale blue satin with wide border of gold; the second skirt shorter, of cerese satin, bordered also with gold; the third of soft cream coloured silk with a deep gold fringe; a wide sash of amber silk, the ends embroidered and edged with gold fringe; the bodice, of cream coloured silk, was fastened round the throat with a gold braid; a gold waist band, and black velvet Zouave jacket, embroidered with gold and fringed with sequins, a silk handkerchief, trimmed with fringe and sequins, on her head; handsome necklace and earings; gold armlets and racelets, and fan of cards hanging from chatelaine; tambourine, decked with gay ribbons.

source: Library & Archives Canada

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