|Mary and Elizabeth Royal|
John Singleton Copley, 1758
And here I was, all nervous about blue silk for a dress not being appropriate.
Well, not blue as a general term, more like a deep royal blue, which is what I received in the mail when I thought I purchased a medium, "Wedgwood" blue.
Ginger, at Scene in the Past was kind enough to remind me of Mrs. Winthrop, by John Singleton Copley, and her blue gown. I browsed his paintings and wow, LOTS of blue.
In many, many of his portraits, ladies sport blue silk gowns. The blues range from medium and mellow to quite intense (i.e. Lucretia Hubbard Townsend or Mrs. Moses Gill).
I was previously under the misconception that darker colored gowns were mostly worn by more mature women. Perhaps this remains the case for shades of brown, but I guess not with blues. The paintings below show a wide age range. Note the top-most painting, which shows a young girl in deep blue.
I guess I'm safe :)
Enjoy the lovely gowns!