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'Costumes Parisiens', number 40

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'Costumes Parisiens', number 40

published in Le Journal des Dames et des Modes
hand-coloured etching and line engraving, circa September 1825
7 1/8 in. x 4 1/8 in. (180 mm x 106 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47573

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Described in issue number 51 of the magazine:
The two figures were published on separate plates in issue number 51 on 15 September 1825, where they were described:
Chapeau de gaze. Robe d'étoffe dite andrinople, garnie de volans découpés. Canezou de mousseline. [Hat of gauze. Dress of fabric of Andrinople trimmed with jagged flounces. Muslin canezou].
Chapeau de bois blanc orné de marabouts et d'une blonde montée sur les brides. Robe de gros de Naples garnie de papillons de satin par Mme Bouhot. Marches de gaze. [Hat of ornate whitewood with marabou feathers. Dress of gros de Naples trimmed with satin butterflies by Mrs Bouhot. Gauze oversleeves[?]].

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  • Place made and portrayed: France (Paris)

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