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Head-dresses, October 1825

published by Rudolph Ackermann, published in The Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions, Manufactures, &c
hand-coloured etching, published 1 October 1825
8 1/2 in. x 4 1/2 in. (215 mm x 114 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47578

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Described in the magazine:
1. Fine British Leghorn hat; the brim large, flat, and of equal breadth; the crown moderately high; round it is a lilac satin ribbon, with a bow on the left side, from which rises a fanciful trimming in lilac gros de Naples, edged with straw-colour satin, terminating at the top of the crown a little beyond the front. Another trimming is introduced midway, and rising circularly, finishes with a small bouquet of fancy flowers on the left side: a bouquet is also placed on the right side, but higher. Strings of lilac satin, and a bow on the right, inside the brim.
2. Turban of scarlet or pomegranate-colour crèpe lisse, with large, close longitudinal folds, confined in front by a broad gold band placed obliquely; the head-piece of gros de Naples, pointed in front, and edged with gold lace.
3. Cap of white crèpe lisse; the crown circular, and formed by two rows of large puffs, edged with pink satin, having a wreath of China roses beneath the upper row, and round the head-piece, within each puff, a sprig of arbutus and geranium: the border is very full and deep, and ties under the chin with pink satin ribbon.
4. Pale blue gauze dress hat, fluted, and the brim edged with narrow blond; the crown surrounded by a wreath of blue satin leaves, tied in pairs by a satin knot, each leaf deeply notched. White ostrich feathers are tastefully arranged round the crown, the highest being in the front.

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Strikes, contract breaking and worker intimidation prompt the passing of a new Anti-Trade Union Combination Act to the dismay of economist John McCulloch, MP Joseph Hume and radical Francis Place who had worked for the repeal of the previous year.
Catholic Relief Bill is rejected by the House of Lords.

Art and science

Construction of Thames Tunnel begins under the direction of Marc Isambard Brunel.
Stockton to Darlington Railway, the world's first passenger system, opens.
William Hazlitt publishes The Spirit of the Age; twenty-five pen-portraits of his contemporaries in the world of literature, philosophy and politics.

International

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony premieres in London.
John Quincy Adams is elected President of the United States.

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