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Re: Empress Elisabeth, Part IV
« Reply #705 on: June 29, 2012, 05:10:52 PM »
I think early marriage. She has a look of sadness already...

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Re: Empress Elisabeth, Part IV
« Reply #706 on: June 29, 2012, 05:14:37 PM »
Yes, you can see the small look of sadness in there.

Who did that drawing by the way?

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Re: Empress Elisabeth, Part IV
« Reply #707 on: June 29, 2012, 05:54:22 PM »
I think artist at court. Think they want to publicize the youth & beauty of their new empress.

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Re: Empress Elisabeth, Part IV
« Reply #708 on: June 30, 2012, 07:41:11 PM »
How old was she in that drawing? Its a nice one....

Sorry, I can't tell you about the artist, but according with the hairdo of Sissi, it must be from the 1850's. I agree that it must be of her first years of marriage, she looks very young, I think that she's less than 20 years old.

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Re: Empress Elisabeth, Part IV
« Reply #709 on: June 30, 2012, 10:58:21 PM »
Which is why we see the Empress's face wasn't relaxed, her eyes look guarded.

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Re: Empress Elisabeth, Part IV
« Reply #710 on: July 01, 2012, 02:17:45 PM »
They do, yes. So she must have been around 16-20 there then? I do like her hair in that drawing, it is very nice. Did she have to put her hair up at a certain age or not, just wondering?

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Re: Empress Elisabeth, Part IV
« Reply #711 on: July 01, 2012, 03:48:22 PM »
About the time of the birth of her first daughter Sophie. She was fighting her mother-in-law to have her child near her...

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Re: Empress Elisabeth, Part IV
« Reply #712 on: July 02, 2012, 02:36:11 PM »
....Did she have to put her hair up at a certain age or not, just wondering?

I can't assure nothing. I knew that girls had their hair up after her 16th birthday in the majority of the cases, but in the case of Sissi, at the time of her engagement she was still 15 years old and her hair is up in all her portraits as well in her first well known photograph. It's possible that she arranged in that way for the portraits.
The only images of her with her hair down are the next: 1 and 2, I saved them from a "time line" of the Empress life, so I think that they mainly come from the imagination of the illustrators  :'( In her other two portraits of childhood -both posing with brother "Gackel"- she has her hair up... so I'm a bit confused :-? But in any case, I find a bit "unusual" that there are three portraits of Sissi after her 16th birthday with her hair down, I read in some thread here that it wasn't considered proper, of course, these weren't official portraits, but I still think that is uncommon -and nice-.

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Re: Empress Elisabeth, Part IV
« Reply #713 on: July 02, 2012, 05:32:40 PM »
Thank you for the information! I guess it is a strong possibility she had to arrange her hair in that way for the formal portraits. I have seen one or two with her hair down after she was 16, but her hair was  up for most of the ones I have seen.

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Re: Empress Elisabeth, Part IV
« Reply #714 on: July 02, 2012, 08:17:24 PM »
I have seen one or two with her hair down after she was 16, but her hair was  up for most of the ones I have seen.

I know three, not wishing to repeat I just add the links for not making this page heavier needlessly:
by Winterhalter, FJ's favorite one, he kept it on his office, and other. There aren't much portraits of Royal ladies in this way, so that's why I love those! Of, course, they're not official portraits or weren't made for being public...

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Re: Empress Elisabeth, Part IV
« Reply #715 on: July 03, 2012, 11:41:04 AM »
The first two are the ones I have seen, and were rthe ones I was talking about, the third one I haven't, so thank you for that one! I especially love the 2nd one you posted, one of my personal favourites of Sissi, can see why it was FJ'S favourite one.

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Re: Empress Elisabeth, Part IV
« Reply #717 on: July 13, 2012, 04:17:23 PM »
That IS beautiful! Thank you!