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'Evening Dress', April 1827

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'Evening Dress', April 1827, by William Read, published by  George Byrom Whittaker, published in  La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine, published 1 April 1827 - NPG D47595 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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'Evening Dress', April 1827

by William Read, published by George Byrom Whittaker, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
hand-coloured etching, published 1 April 1827
8 1/2 in. x 5 3/8 in. (216 mm x 135 mm) plate size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47595

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Described in the issue for April 1827:
A Dress of violet-coloured satin, with a broad white satin border, over which is a very full and broad flounce of black blond. The skirt is finished down the front in the Bavarian style, with straps across of gold lace. These extend from the waist, downwards, as low as to the top of the flounce, which is headed by a cordon of gold. The body made quite plain, to fit the shape, with a falling tucker of black blond. Long, full sleeves of white tulle, surmounted by very plain and wide short sleeves of violet satin. Head-dress composed of a very full plumage of white feathers, so grouped, as to have the appearance of a turban with a gold bandeau and ornaments. Necklace of large gold beads, in three drop-rows. Ear-rings of gold, and very broad gold bracelets, fastened with a cameo.

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Current affairs

Lord Liverpool suffers a stroke and is forced to resign as Prime Minister. George Canning succeeds him only to die after four months in office.

Art and science

University College London, the first metropolitan university in England, is founded specifically to educate dissenters excluded from Oxford and Cambridge. Whig politician Henry Brougham, writer Thomas Campbell and financier and philanthropist Isaac Goldsmid are its principal patrons.

International

Britain, France and Russia sign a treaty in London agreeing to intervene in the Greek War of Independence. Allied troops under General Edward Codrington subsequently destroy Turkish and Egyptian fleets at the Battle of Navarino.
Western Australia is explored for the first time by Captain Stirling.

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