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Harriet Innes-Ker (née Charlewood), Duchess of Roxburghe ('London Fashions for September 1806, taken Authentically from the full & half dresses of the Dutches of Roxborough as worn by her Grace on her Marriage in August last')

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Harriet Innes-Ker (née Charlewood), Duchess of Roxburghe ('London Fashions for September 1806, taken Authentically from the full & half dresses of the Dutches of Roxborough as worn by her Grace on her Marriage in August last')

published by John Bell, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
etching and line engraving, published 1806
7 1/4 in. x 5 1/4 in. (185 mm x 134 mm) paper size
Acquired, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47501

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Described in the magazine:
Full Dress. Robe of the finest India muslin, embroidered in small sprigs, and worn over a white satin slip. Drapery of lace, falling from the left shoulder in front, and terminating on the right side of the waist behind with a silk tassel; the sleeves formed of three falls of lace, with antique, or puckered tops, of white satin. Drawn tucker to correspond, terminating on the shoulders; simple wrap front, fastened with a single diamond pin. The hair formed in full bands on the forehead, and turned up simply behind, with the ends in loose curls, falling over the bands in front, fastened behind with a diamond comb, and ornamented before with a brooch and star of brilliants. Maltese cross of diamonds, suspended from a row of large pearls. Pearl earrings and bracelets, with diamond studs. White satin shoes, and white kid gloves.
Half-Dress. A Tunic jacket, and train petticoat, of striped leno, worn over a primrose sarsnet slip; short sleeve, full on the top, and formed to sit high on the shoulder; long sleeve of plain net, or leno, with a lace let in at the wrist, and tied with primrose ribband; a plain square front, very high, and fastened and each corner of the bosom with antique brooches. A hat of fancy straw, without any trimmings, turned up on the left side immediately over the eye, the rest of the rim slouched. A plain lace veil of the scarf form, with a narrow border all round, fastened on the top of the crown with a small antique stud, and left open in front. Gloves, shoes, and parasol of primrose.

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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