Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Black Ascot

The famous “Black Ascot” followed the death of racing loving Edward VII in 1910. Instead of not having a meeting at Ascot, citizens arrived in shades of black and white. Black was also fashionable because of the very popular Merry Widow opera. The lower necklines show the influence of soft materials suitable for draping.
This was a fast sketch made in black and white acrylic paint as preparation for one of my French Belles paintings. I liked it like this and did not complete it in colour.
And yes, I forgot to mention: Cecil Beaton was inspired by this history when he designed the fashions for the Ascot Scene in "My Fair Lady"


  1. Great sketch, Marie. I like the black and white version. I hope to see a future French Belle painting.

  2. Thank you, Hilda! I am so slow on producing the belles as I work on two other themes now, The West Coast and Africa!