WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Prime Article

Continuing along with the theme of August as Romance Awareness Month, I thought to look at bonny ladies who draw attention by their comeliness.

Prime Article (noun)

A handsome woman. From whip slang, meaning she is quite the thing, well done, and an excellent and bang up woman; a hell of a goer.

When you have a brush in your hand, inking a beautiful woman is a lot like running your hands over her. ~Frank Miller

Also just like last week, I think the portraiture of Sir Thomas Lawrence provides many examples of prime articles. And by the sheer number of portraits, I’d say Sir Thomas kept his metaphorical hands busy.

Lady Selina Meade, Detail, 1818-19, Sir Thomas Lawrence, private collection

Lady Selina Meade, Detail, 1818-19, Sir Thomas Lawrence, private collection

Sarah Barrett Moulton (Pinkie), Detail, 1795, Sir Thomas Lawrence

Sarah Barrett Moulton (Pinkie), Detail, 1795, Sir Thomas Lawrence

Rosamund Hester Elizabeth Croker, (1810-1906), Detail, 1827, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo NY

Rosamund Hester Elizabeth Croker, (1810-1906), Detail, 1827, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo NY

Elizabeth, Duchess of Devonshire, Detail, 1819, pencil and chalk on paper, Sir Thomas Lawrence, private collection

Elizabeth, Duchess of Devonshire, Detail, 1819, pencil and chalk on paper, Sir Thomas Lawrence, private collection

Lady Robert Manners, Detail, 1826, Sir Thomas Lawrence, National Gallery of Scotland

Lady Robert Manners, Detail, 1826, Sir Thomas Lawrence, National Gallery of Scotland

 

For more portraits by Sir Thomas Lawrence, considering visiting ABC Gallery.

All definitions and/or examples were taken from Cant: A Gentleman’s Guide, and 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

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