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London Evening Dress and Morning Riding Dress for September 1808

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

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London Evening Dress and Morning Riding Dress for September 1808

published by John Bell, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
hand-coloured etching, published 1 September 1808
8 5/8 in. x 5 3/8 in. (219 mm x 138 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47514

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La Belle Assemblée, number 35. Described in the magazine:
No. 1 – London Evening Dress. A round dress of white Imperial sarsnet, or Italian crape, with a Roman tunick of amber satin, or Chinese silk. Antique stomacher, shirt folded sleeve, and rosette trimmings. Hair disposed in alternate bands and curls, with a long corkscrew ringlet falling from the left temple on the shoulder. Crescent comb, or ornament of fine wrought gold, placed in front of the hair. Necklace, earrings, and bracelet of amethyst, set transparent. French kid gloves above the elbow. Shoes of white satin; and India fan of carved ivory.
No. 2 – A Riding Dress. A Spanish habit, or Polish riding dress, with the Patriotic helmet; formed of superfine Georgian cloth, or thin kerseymere. Gold buttons, and trimming to correspond. Small French watch, worn on the outside. Plain high cravat of French cambric; collar of the habit sitting close round the throat. Hair in in irregular ringlets. Gloves and shoes of lemon coloured kid.

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