Maybe it's just my perception, but I think miniature portraits are an underutilized primary source for researching accessories and gowns. Here are highlights of some the V&A's miniatures...
|English, 1775-1780 |
accession number P.94-1910
accession number P.71-1910
It looks like her sleeve pleats are at the top of her shoulder. I usually pleat my sleeves towards the back.
|Misses Annabella and Mary Craufurd painted by Samuel Shelley, 1782|
accession number P.7-1925
accession number P.25-1954
accession number P.20-1929
I love love love the trim on her hat. I just wish we could see the other side.
accession number P.26-1941
|Frances Susan Lambton, 1796|
accession number EVANS.241
This article from The Met includes background information about miniatures and a nice slideshow from their collections.