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Head-dresses, October 1826

published by Rudolph Ackermann, published in The Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions, Manufactures, &c
hand-coloured etching and line-engraving, published 1 October 1826
8 1/2 in. x 4 1/2 in. (215 mm x 115 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47576

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Described in the magazine:
1. Hat of rice-straw; the breadth of the brim equal in front and sides, but rather shallow behind; bound with green satin ribbon of the colour of the waters of the Nile: on the outside of the edge, and within the brim on the left side, are small branches of the beautiful Peruvian browallia, from which proceed two ribbons as far as the top of the crown on the right side, where they are interrupted by a cluster of browallias; they descend again and go round the crown, thus crossing it four times in front; a smaller branch of browallia is placed on the opposite side: two bows are attached to les brides, or strings withinside the brim.
2. Cap of white crepe lisse; the crown, à la biret, is flat, large, and circular, ornamented with blue satin rouleaux spreading from the back; the head-piece is straight, trimmed profusely with deep blond lace, a Provins rose, and waving crepe lisse edged with blue satin.
3. French demi-toilette cap of lilac gauze; the crown very full and arranged en bouffes; gold-colour shaded gauze ribbon fancifully disposed in front, with full trimmings of lilac gauze, bound with shaded gold-colour gauze; long loose string of the same, terminated with two bows, and a short end fastened sometimes on the opposite side: deep full border of British lace.
4. Bonnet of sprigged rose-colour gros de Naples; the brim large and rounded at the sides, ornamented with two rose-colour satin rouleaux and a curtain blond veil more than half-a-quarter deep: behind is a stiffened silk trimming, the brim not extending to the back; the crown is high, and has a waving trimming and a large cluster of arbutus in front, and also at the edge of the brim, from whence proceeds a rose-colour crepe lisse to the opposite side of the crown, the top of which is arranged in waving flutes, and at the edge is a shell-like ornament: the strings commence with bows on the outside of the brim.

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