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'Morning Walking Dresses', November 1808

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

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'Morning Walking Dresses', November 1808

published by John Bell, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
hand-coloured etching, published November 1808
8 5/8 in. x 5 3/8 in. (219 mm x 137 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47512

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La Belle Assemblée, number 37. Described in the magazine: Walking Dress
No. 1. A round cambric gown, with high fan ruff; a Polish coat with Carmelite mantle, of bright grass-green, or royal purple velvet, trimmed entirely round with ermine, and clasped up the side of the figure with steel or silver. A Shepherdess's hat of green velvet, or moss straw, with variegated green feather, and Chinese tassel. Shoes of black Spanish silk, or pale amber velvet; and gloves of York tan.
No. 2. A round robe of shawl muslin in white or colours. A plain French coat of Merino cloth, or shot sarsnet; the colour bright morone, or crimson shot, trimmed entitely round with chenille fur. A three-quartered Opera tippet of the same. A Village bonnet of sarsnet, or satin, formed in French flutings in front, ornamented with a full bow of appropriate ribband in the centre, and tied under the chin with the same. Shoes of grass-green, or morone velvet; and gloves of grey Limerick.

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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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