'Home Costume', October 1826
'Home Costume', October 1826
probably by William Read, published by George Byrom Whittaker, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
hand-coloured etching and line engraving, published 1 October 1826
8 1/2 in. x 5 1/8 in. (215 mm x 129 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Artistsback to top
- La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine (1806-1832), Magazine. Artist associated with 57 portraits.
- William Read (active 1824-1837), Engraver. Artist associated with 30 portraits.
- George Byrom Whittaker (1793-1847), Publisher and bookseller. Artist associated with 26 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Described in the issue for October 1826:
Over an under garment of India muslin, of the most delicate texture, is worn an elegant déshabille robe of celestial blue, or of sea-green taffety, without sleeves. The body is made in the Circassian style, and discovers that of the muslin dress underneath plaited en chemisette, with a quilling of thread-tulle next the throat: the sleeves are of white muslin, and fastened at the wrists with broad bracelets, enriched with cameos and valuable gems; there are no other ornaments on the sleeves. A sash, the colour of the dress, is loosely tied on the left side with a small bow and long ends. At the border of the muslin petticoat, which is nearly a hand's-breadth longer than the coloured robe, is a full rouleau of muslin, wound round with a cordon of a novel kind, in shining cotton. A rouleau of silk finishes also the coloured dress next the hem. An oriental turban of crape or sarcenet, the same tint as the outer robe, and discovering but little of the hair, arranged in curls on each side of the temples, constitutes the head-dress, with a narrow frill of plaited tulle under the chin.
Subjects & Themesback to top
- Chairs and thrones
- Fashion Plates: Accessories - Jewellery - Cameos
- Fashion Plates: Activities and occasions - Morning dress
- Fashion Plates: Activities and occasions - Undress
- Fashion Plates: Bodices - Circassian bodices
- Fashion Plates: Dresses - Petticoats
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Crape; Crêpe
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Muslin
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Sarsnet; sarcenet
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Taffeta; taffety
- Fashion Plates: Headwear - Turbans
- Fashion Plates: Influences - Turkish influence
- Fashion Plates: Trimmings and ornamentation - Rouleaux
- Fashion Plates: Trimmings and ornamentation - Vandyking
- Hats and head attire
- Jewellery - Bangles and bracelets
- Jewellery - Precious stones
Events of 1826back to top
Current affairsRiots break out in Lancashire against the use of the power loom, invented by Edmund Cartwright. The looms were gradually being introduced across the country, replacing large numbers of manual workers.
Art and scienceThomas Telford's Menai Straits and Conway Suspension Bridges open, the largest of their kind at the time.
InternationalCarl Weber arrives to live in England after his opera Der Freischutz is the hit of the London season.
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