On this page, presumed creator Elizabeth Venables echoes the shape of her intricate braided hair lock and its blue ribbon with a blue-themed design in the lower right-hand corner of the page. “The hair is one of the most moving elements of this album. At once intimate as well as formal, a lock captured within an album’s pages acts as a memorial of the person providing it. Locks of hair also find their way into plotlines of fiction of the period. In Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, for instance, the powerful symbolism of a lock of hair becomes poignantly clear when Marianne Dashwood gives hers to the cad Willoughby,” says Jessica Pigza. NYPL, Pforzheimer Collection


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