'Evening Dresses as worn in April 1808'
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- subject matching 'Fashion Plates: Footwear - Silk shoes'
'Evening Dresses as worn in April 1808'
published by John Bell, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
etching and line engraving, published 1 May 1808
8 5/8 in. x 5 1/4 in. (220 mm x 134 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 57 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Described in the issue for April 1808:
Evening Costumes. A plain round robe of white gossamer satin, with a short train, round bosom, seamed back, and long sleeves. Crescent tucker of rich antique lace. A white satin coiffe à-la-Mary Queen of Scots, edged with silver worm trimming, ornamented on the top and at the point, in the centre of the forehead, with pearl drops. This unique head-dress is confined under the chin, where it is attached to a crimp lace, which is extended to each ear. The hair is ever worn with this head-dress in full dishevelled curls; and the most elegant and appropriate ornaments are diamonds and amethysts. Shoes of white satin, with silver trimming. White kid gloves; fan of carved amber; and short round Opera tippet of swansdown.
Evening Costume. A round robe of white or coloured Italian gauze, over a white sarsnet slip, ornamented round the bottom, bosom, and sleeves, with a fancy border of gold or silver, in tambour. The waist rather longer than usual, with round gored bosom, and rucked frock sleeve. A French cloak of figured or shaded sarsnet; the colour a silver grey, lilac or peach-blossom, trimmed with a fine gossamer fur, or rich Chinese floss trimming. The hair drawn smooth from the front, and twisted in a knot on each side of the head, where it is confined with a comet pin; a full bunch of curls over the left eye, and a gold bandeau, or diadem, to correspond with the border of the robe. Pear ear-rings of pearl, with necklace, brooch and bracelets to suit. Shoes of white figured silk, with gold rosets. Gloves of French kid, below the elbow.
Subjects & Themesback to top
- Fashion Plates: Accessories - Gloves - Kid gloves
- Fashion Plates: Accessories - Tippets; boas
- Fashion Plates: Activities and occasions - Evening dress
- Fashion Plates: Dresses - Round gowns; round dresses
- Fashion Plates: Dresses - Round train dresses
- Fashion Plates: Dresses - Slips
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Muslin
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Sarsnet; sarcenet
- Fashion Plates: Footwear - Satin shoes
- Fashion Plates: Footwear - Silk shoes
- Fashion Plates: Headwear - Marie Stuart hats, caps, turbans and coiffures
- Fashion Plates: Influences - Classical influence
- Fashion Plates: Neckwear - Tuckers; chemise-tuckers
- Fashion Plates: Trimmings and ornamentation - Fur
- Fashion Plates: Trimmings and ornamentation - Lace
- Jewellery - Pearls
- Jewellery - Pendants and necklaces
- Jewellery - Precious stones
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