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'The prevailing Spring Fashions for 1806...the Elegant designs of Madame Lanchester'

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'The prevailing Spring Fashions for 1806...the Elegant designs of Madame Lanchester', by James Mitan, after  Arthur William Devis, published by  John Bell, published in  La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine, published June 1806 - NPG D47494 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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'The prevailing Spring Fashions for 1806...the Elegant designs of Madame Lanchester'

by James Mitan, after Arthur William Devis, published by John Bell, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
line engraving, published June 1806
8 1/2 in. x 5 1/4 in. (216 mm x 134 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47494

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Described in the magazine:
Walking Dress. [On the right] Round gown of fine cambric muslin, with long sleeves, and trimmed round the bottom with double muslin. A cloak of fine clear muslin, bound round with white satin ribband. A white sarsnet bonnet, ornamented with white satin puffing. Grey kid gloves and shoes.
Half Dress. [On the left] Round dress of white sarsnet ornamented with crape rush. A mantle of pale yellow sarsnet with four tassels. A cap of yellow crape to match, ornamented with a green wreath. White kid gloves and shoes. Pearl necklace and ear-rings.

Events of 1806back to top

Current affairs

William Pitt dies in January and his lifelong opponent Charles James Fox dies in September. Pitt is succeeded by William Wyndham, Baron Grenville, who forms the 'Ministry of all the Talents' coalition .
Prince of Wales instigates the 'Delicate Investigation'; a Parliamentary enquiry into claims that his wife Caroline had an illegitimate child.

Art and science

John Constable embarks on a formative tour of the Lakes and makes landscape studies of the Langdale Pikes and Helvellyn.
Turner exhibits his Thames views to acclaim at his own London gallery.
Humphrey Davy discovers the elements potassium and sodium by passing an electrical current through molten compounds.


Soprano Angelica Catalani arrives from Italy to make her London debut, amazing audiences with her showpiece arias.
Napoleon turns his forces east against Austria, Russia and Prussia and enjoys a wave of French victories.
British attack on Buenos Aires under General William Beresford fails.

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