This beautiful woman is from Arbroath, Scotland. The huge sleeves are from the late 1890’s. The high neckline and rosettes are also from this time period. She has just a sense of sadness on her face, but that is not unusual.
The photo was taken by Geddes and Son Photographers in Arbroath. Arbroath was a Pict village from the Iron Age. William the Lion built an Abbey there in 1178. The village was very small for many years, The Declaration of Arbroath was signed in the Abbey in 1380, after the Battle of Bannockburn, by 38 Scottish Lords who agreed to the independence of Scotland. The Abbey, although a ruin today, is a popular tourist attraction.