The Fortune Teller, after Matthew William Peters, 1786. Via Donald Heald.
Wow. This is one of the best 18th Century images I have ever seen. There is so much incredible detail!
On the fortune teller: No cap, hair covered by only a cloth. An elaborately trimmed but well-worn black silk-covered hat. Her cloak hood falling open so we can see the inside, especially the neckline, and that it is trimmed ‘round the face. The hem of her cloak is left raw and is unravelling and there might be a tear.
The fortune tellee (not a word…): A magnificent hat with some pretty glorious feathers- love that they are grey! The curls around her face actually look a bit like bangs which are very rare. A profusion of lace and ribbon around her neckline. A long sleeved gown or jacket (stripes!) ending in a simple white flounce.
I’m officially in love!