Saturday, 13 February 2016

Lady Elder and the collection of costume.

On 7th February, on a visit to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, I explored the exhibition showcasing Glasgow Museums' collection of 19th century European costume. There were rarely seen examples of clothing worne by women, men and children between 1800 to 1899.

I was fascinated to find that the exhibition features a portrait of Lady Isabella Elder in mourning dress. After the death of her husband, John Elder, a partner in one of the world's leading shipbuilders, she purchased 37 acres near Elder's Fairfield Shipyard and created Elder Park, named in his honour and that of her father-in-law. The park was gifted to Glasgow City Council and I have asked that it is considered a Common Good Asset.

A portrait of Lady Isabella Elder in mourning dress. 

Further information about Lady Elder at:

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