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'Vauxhall Fashions in August, 1806'

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'Vauxhall Fashions in August, 1806'

published by John Bell, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
etching and line engraving, published August 1806
7 1/4 in. x 5 1/4 in. (185 mm x 133 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47500

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Described in the magazine: Gala Fashions in August.
Plain Muslin Dress. Plain Muslin Dress, a walking length; bodice of white sarsnet, cut low, and ornamented in the back; a hollow roll of muslin round the armhole; a scarf of coloured sarsnet, thrown over one shoulder, and only confined by the hands, as they fall naturally to secure it; a shirt of patent net, gathered into a deep standing frill of lace; sarsnet cap the same as the scarf, with lace border put on plain, and formed into a rose in front; bow, with long ends, on the left side; straw-coloured gloves and shoes.
A Walking Dress. A Walking Dress of Indian muslin, with double flounce round the bottom; spenser waist, trimmed round the back and down the sides to correspond, the front made high and gathered in the centre of the bosom into a long gold brooch; the throat covered with a sort of stock, with a frill of lace on the top; a straw hat of the turban form, turned up, deep before and behind, and bending downwards on the sides with a narrower curve; gloves, shoes, and parasol, of silver grey.

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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