'London Dresses for April'
'London Dresses for April'
published by Vernor, Hood & Sharpe, published in The Lady's Monthly Museum
hand-coloured etching, published 1 April 1808
6 1/8 in. x 3 3/4 in. (155 mm x 95 mm) plate size; 6 5/8 in. x 4 in. (167 mm x 102 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
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Described in the magazine:
Fig. 1. Dress of white satin, with robe of India silk, falling loosely from the shoulder; full sleeves. Turban of white satin, with ostrich feathers.
Fig. 2. Dress of fine muslin, made high over the bosom; the back full, with bows of ribband from the waist to the bottom of the train. Turban of crimson buff; white shoes and gloves.
Fig. 3. Dress of plain muslin; pelisse of silk, made without plaits; a small bonnet, to correspond with the pelisse. Dark shoes and gloves.
Subjects & Themesback to top
- Fashion Plates: Activities and occasions - Evening dress
- Fashion Plates: Activities and occasions - Promenade dress; walking dress; Modes de Longchamps; toilette de ville
- Fashion Plates: Dresses - Robes
- Fashion Plates: Dresses - Round gowns; round dresses
- Fashion Plates: Dresses - Round train dresses
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Muslin
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Satin
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Silk
- Fashion Plates: Headwear - Calash bonnets
- Fashion Plates: Headwear - Ostrich feathers
- Fashion Plates: Headwear - Turbans
- Fashion Plates: Influences - Classical influence
- Fashion Plates: Outer garments - Pelisses
- Fashion Plates: Trimmings and ornamentation - Bows; noeuds; coques; rosettes; choux
- Group portraits
- Hats and head attire
- Jewellery - Earrings
- Jewellery - Pendants and necklaces
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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