'Afternoon Dress for May 1800'
'Afternoon Dress for May 1800'
published in The Lady's Monthly Museum
hand-coloured etching and line engraving, published May 1800
6 in. x 3 5/8 in. (153 mm x 92 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1916
Artistback to top
- The Lady's Monthly Museum (1798-1832), Lady's magazine. Artist associated with 12 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Described in the magazine:
Full dress. 1. Gown yellow muslin, body plain; sleeves plaited, with cuffs, a jacket of white muslin trimmed with lace, and fastened with gold buttons and belts round the waist; a collar of gold, edged with lace, and set with diamonds in front, and a gold chain round the neck. Head-dress: a band of yellow muslin, trimmed with lace on the ends, the hair crossing over it; two ostrich feathers. Shoes white.
2. White muslin gown, buttoned on the breast with gold, and trimmed with gold cord on the sleeves and shoulders; the skirt open on the left knee, and tied with gold cord and tassels. Yellow shoes. Head-dress: a gold net, covered behind with white muslin, tied on the top and on the left side, fastened under the chin, and flying loose behind, with an edging of lace.
Subjects & Themesback to top
- Fashion Plates: Activities and occasions - Afternoon dress
- Fashion Plates: Dresses - Round gowns; round dresses
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Muslin
- Fashion Plates: Headwear - Bandeaux
- Fashion Plates: Headwear - Ostrich feathers
- Fashion Plates: Headwear - Turbans
- Fashion Plates: Influences - Classical influence
- Fashion Plates: Neckwear - Ruffs; collarettes
- Fashion Plates: Trimmings and ornamentation - Lace
- Gloves and gauntlets
- Jewellery - Precious stones
Events of 1800back to top
Current affairsWidespread food riots after poor harvests of 1798-9. Theorist, Thomas Malthus, controversially argues that poverty and food shortages are an inevitable consequence of population growth, challenging assumptions that populousness was a sign of national prosperity and power. His thesis contributed forcefully to the debate over the existing Poor Law.
Art and scienceWilliam Wordsworth publishes his Preface to the Lyrical Ballads; a retrospective explanation of his experimental poems written with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It becomes one of the best-known manifestos of Romantic literature.
InternationalLord Castlereagh, Chief Secretary for Ireland, is the main architect of the Act of Union under which Ireland is merged with Great Britain and the Irish parliament is abolished.
British troops support successful uprising by Maltese against the French.
Napoleon is victorious against Austrians at Marengo and reconquers Italy.
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