"My Dress" is a mixed technique print, an aquatint and drypoint with hand-applied color via woodcut, by British printmaker Elyse Ashe Lord (1885-1971). This impression is pencil signed and editioned 65/100. It was published by Messrs Alex, Reid & Lefévre, Ltd, London and was printed in a variant edition by the artist a thin, cream wove paper measuring 13-1/4 x 11-3/8 inches.
"My Dress" is illustrated as Plate VII in Malcolm Salaman's "Masters of the Colour Print I - Elyse Lord" published in 1927 by "The Studio." He wrote: "In 'My Dress,' Miss Lord has devoted her pictorial genius to the interpretation of an empress poet of the eighth century, and in this masterly print you will see how perfectly her art has fused with the gossamer pathos of the poetry. [Her] method was to draw the design with dry-point on a copper plate and then, aquatinting the parts intended for colour, to paint those parts for one printing or more. Many early proofs were hand-wiped plate-printings, which gave clean, bright results, though comparatively harder than those of the rag-wipe used so adroitly in the later prints…Lord also would cut small woodblocks which she would hand ink and add color to the composition, like a stamp."
According to Darrel Karl, she was born Elise Müller in 1885, and attended Heatherley’s School of Art in Chelsea, London at some point prior to the Great War. She married Reverend Thomas Ashe Lord which accounts for her name change. She was a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, the Chicago Society of Etchers, and Society of Graver-Painters in Colour.
Elyse Ashe Lord, painter and printmaker, is well-known for her Asian inspired works and for her unusual printmaking technique. She lived her entire life in Britain and never traveled throughout Asia. Her inspiration instead came from Chinese literature, artwork and her own imagination. Lord also designed and hand-painted many of the frames used on her prints.