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She Waits

By gingerdelight    
Taken at the best angle I could (muddy feet were not allowed inside Gibside Chapel!) here is a replica of the wedding dress worn by Mary Eleanor Bowes, heiress of Gibside Hall, in Rowlands Gill, Tyne & Wear.

She wore the glamorous gown for her marriage to John Lyon, the ninth Earl of Strathmore, in 1767. Mary Bowes, the Countess of Strathmore, embarked on an unhappy marriage to the Earl and eventually went on to live a life of scandal, affairs, abuse and divorce, which hit the headlines back in their day.

Following her unhappy marriage to Lyon, who died in 1776, the countess embarked on an affair before being tricked into marrying Andrew Robinson Stoney, a tyrant who imprisoned her and held her at gunpoint.

The countess was buried in the dress when she died in 1800.

Hopefully I will get to return to get a better shot of this lovely creation!

NB FOR ANYONE INTERESTED, HER STORY IS TOLD IN A BOOK CALLED 'WEDLOCK' - sorry, I cannot remember the author at the moment.

Tags: Silk Wedding History Digitally manipulated Dress Lace Gibside

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
6 Mar 2013 8:23PM
Fantastic and great work,well done,

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SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 8:30PM
It's a beautiful dress and what a sad life she had.Sad
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
6 Mar 2013 8:42PM
So when did they recover the dress after she'd been buried in it?Tongue I like this angle.. and the texture... suitably 'dirty'!!Blush

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
6 Mar 2013 8:44PM
A beautiful dress, Thanks for the interesting story!
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 8:57PM

Quote:So when did they recover the dress after she'd been buried in it?Tongue I like this angle.. and the texture... suitably 'dirty'!!Blush


It is a replica dress Dave
HELANA 8 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 9:54PM
I do like the ungle and the knowledge you have of this lady. The light has pick up the texture nicely.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
6 Mar 2013 10:39PM
That's really creepy, especially after reading the story.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2013 12:08AM
Fascinating story and interesting to see the fashion of the era.
Quite a lady and amazing how humans treated people in times gone past.
7 Mar 2013 12:32AM
An excellent image and interesting narrative
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2013 7:26AM
I also thought that they dug up the dress......
Gosh...we think we have difficult lives....
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2013 8:36AM
Cleverly manipulated to make a very engaging image that could well illustrate the book to which you refer.

Thank goodness divorce is so easily available nowadays!
Herge88 11 40 4 England
7 Mar 2013 11:03AM
You have captured the details in the dress very well, nice processing too.

Best Matt
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
7 Mar 2013 2:33PM
When I saw the thumbnail I thought it was a headless woman! Thank goodness it's only a dummy...Wink A beautiful costume, and very nicely captured and presented, Carol Smile
Trev Smile
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
9 Mar 2013 10:20PM
You show us some nice detail in the dress Carol.
polly470 8 25 8 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 7:00PM
Gorgeous, gorgeous! And a touch ghostly!

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