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|Mrs. Bingley & Mrs. Quentin
Written by Robbin
(6/14/2007 2:57 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Chapter 49: Regency standards for beauty, penned by Silvia O
This is a Portrait of Mrs. Quentin by Huet-Villiers, allegedly the one described by JA as the portrait of Jane which is located in the RoP Portrait Gallery under the heading Photos that defy categorization. I think P&P2 Jane does look a lot like this portrait except SH is not as heavy as Mrs. Q. Below is the excerpt from JA's letter from which this tidbit about Mrs. Bingley and Mrs. Q comes from. I think it shows thinness as in modern standards was not the end all of beauty as Jane is described as a beauty in P&P several times and Mrs. Q is certainly not thin by modern standards. ;D
Letter, from Jane to Cassandra, May 24, 1813:
...to my great amusement, Henry and I went to the exhibition in Spring Gardens. It is not thought a good collection, but I was very well pleased, particularly (pray tell Fanny) with a small portrait of Mrs. Bingley, excessively like her.
I went in hopes of seeing one of her sister, but there was no Mrs. Darcy. Perhaps, however, I may find her in the great exhibition, which we shall go to if we have time. I have no chance of her in the collection of Sir Joshua Reynolds's paintings, which is now showing in Pall Mall, and which we are also to visit.
Mrs. Bingley's is exactly herself -- size, shaped face, features, and sweetness; there never was a greater likeness. She is dressed in a white gown, with green ornaments, which convinces me of what I had always supposed, that green was a favourite colour with her. I dare say Mrs. D. will be in yellow.
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