"The over-sized puffy sleeves were called gigots, or leg-o-mutton sleeves. They were often made from four separate pieces of fabric (most sleeves nowadays are cut from one piece), and they could be stuffed so they kept their shape. Skirts were often four or six gores, or had insets of gathers at the thigh-level." - source: blog by Nancy Moser, author of "An Unlikely Suitor"
Jan Frans Verhas (1834 – 1896, Belgian) - this picture has been in my home since I could remember and it's always been one of my favorites. The mixture childish innocence and fear are really intriguing.