An inscription on the back of this painting identifies the sitter as Teresa Kinska Poniatowska. The daughter of a Czech count, she married a Polish military officer, Andrzej Poniatowski, whose brother became the king of Poland in 1764. The Swedish artist Krafft briefly served as painter to the king and produced portraits of several members of the Poniatowski family, including another of Teresa wearing the same dress and pearls.
With the Edwardian era, which lasted from 1900 to 1912, came many life improvements that we still use today, such as electricity, cars, and vacuum cleaners. Still, it has also given us a fair share of bizarre facts, most of them concerning women.