'Fashionable Walking Dresses in Dec 1807'
'Fashionable Walking Dresses in Dec 1807'
published by John Bell, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
hand-coloured etching and line engraving, published 1 January 1808
8 1/2 in. x 4 3/4 in. (216 mm x 121 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Artistsback to top
- John Bell (1745-1831), Publisher. Artist associated with 88 portraits, Sitter associated with 4 portraits.
- La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine (1806-1832), Magazine. Artist associated with 58 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Described in the issue for December 1807:
No. 1. - A Morning Dress. A round cambric gown, a walking length, with short full sleeve, and puckered cuff, buttoned or laced down the back, and made high round the neck, with a full frill of lace. A military stock, edged round the chin with the same. A figured Chinese scarf, the colour American green, twisted round the figure in the style of antique drapery. Melon bonnet the same colour, striped, and trimmed to correspond with the scarf. Hair in irregular curls on the forehead. Earrings of gold or topaz. Long York tan, or Limerick gloves, above the elbow. Slippers of yellow Morocco. This dress, divested of the bonnet, is considered genteel negligée for any period of the day.
No. 2. - A Morning Walking, or Carriage Habiliment. A simple breakfast robe of India muslin, or cambric; with plain high collar, and long sleeve. Plain chemisette front, buttoned down the bosom. A Calypso wrap of morone velvet, or kerseymere, trimmed entirely round with white ermine, or swansdown. Spanish hanging-sleeve, suspended from the back, and falling over the left shoulder, terminating in a round point below the elbow. This ornament is lined throughout with skin the same as the trimming. A mountain hat of white Imperial beaver, or fur, tied under the chin with a ribband the colour of the coat. Gloves and shoes of American green, or buff. Cropt hair, confined with a band, and curled over the left eye.
Subjects & Themesback to top
- Double portraits
- Fashion Plates: Accessories - Gloves - Limerick gloves
- Fashion Plates: Accessories - Gloves - York tan gloves
- Fashion Plates: Accessories - Scarves
- Fashion Plates: Activities and occasions - Carriage dress
- Fashion Plates: Activities and occasions - Morning walking dress; walking dress
- Fashion Plates: Dresses - Frocks
- Fashion Plates: Dresses - Round gowns; round dresses
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Cambric
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Kerseymere; cassimir
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Muslin
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Velvet
- Fashion Plates: Footwear - Morocco shoes
- Fashion Plates: Headwear - Beaver hats
- Fashion Plates: Headwear - Melon bonnets
- Fashion Plates: Headwear - Mountain hats; mountain bonnets
- Fashion Plates: Influences - Classical influence
- Fashion Plates: Influences - Military influence
- Fashion Plates: Influences - Spanish influence
- Fashion Plates: Neckwear - Ruffs; collarettes
- Fashion Plates: Neckwear - Stocks
- Fashion Plates: Outer garments - Calypso wraps
- Fashion Plates: Sleeves and cuffs - Spanish hanging sleeves
- Fashion Plates: Trimmings and ornamentation - Ermine
- Fashion Plates: Trimmings and ornamentation - Swansdown
- Fashion Plates: Undergarments - Chemisettes; habit-shirts
- Gloves and gauntlets
- Hats and head attire
Events of 1808back to top
Current affairsThe 'Mary Anne Clarke affair' erupts in which Clarke, mistress of Frederick, Duke of York, was said to have used her influence with him to run a military promotions racket. Championed by radical government opponents, it ends in the Duke's resignation as Commander-in-Chief of the army.
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InternationalAfter taking Portugal, Napoleon invades Spain, deposes the Spanish Bourbon monarchy and appoints his brother Joseph as the new King. The
Peninsular War then begins under Sir John Moore and Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington, aiming to protect Portugal and exploit Iberian hatred of French tyranny.
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