Dress – Time to Go Riding

I’ve loved this plate ever since finding her while working at the MFA, Boston. Styled after Marie Antoinette, the equestrienne rides uncommonly astride a speckled horse.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 44.1397.

En francais:

“Jeune Dame montant à cheval; elle est habillée en homme avec un fraque à bavaroise, et une juppe: sa coëffure est un chapeau noir couvert de plumes de la même couleur.”

Visit her at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston website here.

About Becky Fifield

Becky Fifield is a cultural heritage professional with 25 years experience in institutions large and small. She is currently Head of Collection Management for the Special Collections of the New York Public Library. An advocate for preventive conservation, Ms. Fifield is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, Chair of the AIC Collection Care Network, and former Chair of Alliance for Response NYC. She is also a scholar of 18th century female unfree labor and dress. There's a bit of pun in the title The Still Room, delineating a quiet space brimming with the ingredients of memory, where consideration, analysis, and wordcraft can take place. Ms. Fifield’s interests include museum practice, dress history, historic preservation, transit, social and women’s history, food, current events, geneaology, roadtrips, and considerations on general sense of place. Becky and her husband, Dr. V, live in the Hudson Valley.