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'Walking Dress', November 1826

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'Walking Dress', November 1826, by William Read, published by  George Byrom Whittaker, published in  La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine, published 1 November 1826 - NPG D47582 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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'Walking Dress', November 1826

by William Read, published by George Byrom Whittaker, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published 1 November 1826
8 1/2 in. x 5 1/4 in. (215 mm x 133 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47582

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Described in the issue for November 1826:
A pelisse of gros de Naples of a pomegranate-red. A full wadded rouleau finishes the skirt next the feet; over this rouleau, at a suitable distance, and down each side of the front, is a trimming, en volan, pinked at the edge, and set on in a serpentine wave; the trimming headed by a narrow rouleau. The pelisse fastens close down the front with full rosettes of gros de Naples. The body is made plain, with a narrow pelerine-cape, partially scolloped, and trimmed at the edge in a correspondent manner to the sides in front of the skirt. The sleeves are en gigot, but not very full. A falling collar of fine India muslin, trimmed with Urling's lace, encircles the throat, and is fastened in front with a rosette of broad pink ribbon. With any other red this would be incongruous, but one great quality in the beautiful and becoming pomegranate-red is, that it is suited to every colour. The bonnet worn with this pelisse is correspondent to it, and is finished by a narrow rûche at the edge of the brim: the trimming on the crown is of the same material, and is put on in arcades, which are edged with a narrow rûche, of a shade lighter. The strings are in a loop of ribbon, variegated with pomegranate-red and green chequers on a white ground.

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