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Georgiana Charlotte (née Bertie), Marchioness of Cholmondeley ('The Court Dress as worn on his Majesty's Birth Day')

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- subject matching 'Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Sarsnet; sarcenet'

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Georgiana Charlotte (née Bertie), Marchioness of Cholmondeley ('The Court Dress as worn on his Majesty's Birth Day')

published by John Bell, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
hand-coloured etching, published July 1808
8 3/4 in. x 5 3/8 in. (221 mm x 136 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47511

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La Belle Assemblée, number 27. Described in the magazine:
Explanation of Lady Cholmondeley’s Court-Dress: A bright primrose-coloured sarsnet petticoat trimmed full round the bottom with point lace, and a rich drapery of the same, most tastefully festooned with diamond chains, and ostrich feathers in the form of the Prince’s plume reversed. Body and train of primrose sarsnet; the latter trimmed with lace, and the former ornamented with the most splendid diamond wreath to represent the oak leaf and fruit, placed obliquely across the front of the bust; the sleeves finished to match, and the bottom of the waist confined with a diamond cestus. Head-dress court lappets of point; a diamond bandeau and rich coronet, with four ostrich feathers of unequal lengths, most tastefully disposed. Splendid earrings of the oval form; necklace and bracelets also of brilliants. Gloves of French kid, considerably above the elbow. Shoes of white satin with silver trimming.

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