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'London Dresses for June'

published by Vernor, Hood & Sharpe, published in The Lady's Monthly Museum
hand-coloured etching, published 1 June 1808
6 1/8 in. x 3 3/4 in. (155 mm x 95 mm) plate size; 6 5/8 in. x 4 in. (168 mm x 102 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47518

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Described in the magazine:
Fig. 1. Short dress of muslin; pelisse of fine cambric, and fashionable straw hat; yellow gloves.
Full Dress. - A round dress of pale pink sarsnet, covered with a stout robe of white crape, or net; a cap of white lace, or net, and bows, ornamented with a red rose in front.

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