Black lace shawl owned by George Eliot

around 1850s

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This black lace shawl or mantilla was owned by George Eliot. It is believed to date from around the 1850s when she was a published author. It indicates her desire to keep up with the fashion of the day but also shows her affluence at this point in her life.

In his memoirs Henry James recalled visiting George Eliot’s home and seeing her wearing a black lace mantilla.