I wanted to see if I could find a likely candidate to be the lady in my little oil painting, I think I might have, without gaining any idea of who she actually was but just generally I really love this series of pictures. There were once more (with even more elaborate/camp outfits) but we're not sure where they are now. The ones I have found are perhaps enough to be going on with. The earliest must date from around the late 1880's and they go up to 1913. Back then the family obviously had enough money to be able to entertain themselves by dressing up in elaborate costumes, taking pictures of each other, and spending long summers messing around in Shetland (all sounds heavenly). This, it seems, is what people did when they made their own entertainment.
This one is from at least the 1890's and again I'm inclined to think the seated figure could be my lady.
Sadly damaged, but this pose is pure Georgette Heyer, though long before Heyer was around, it's also my favourite.
This one is also early and makes being Victorian like more fun than usual.