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'Evening Dress. Concert 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 D47602 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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'Evening Dress. Concert 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, line and stipple engraving, 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 D47602

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Described in the issue for April 1827:
Concert Dress. A Dress of white tulle richly embroidered, over a slip of white satin, on which, appearing below the tulle dress, is a border next the shoe, formed of white satin, edged with black, en dents de loups. Two blond flounces, in festoons, ornament the border of the tulle dress above. The body en gerbe, with short, full sleeves, formed of jabots in blond, with mancherons à la Psyche, in blond, of which material is a triple falling tucker round the bust. The hair arranged in curls and bows, and ornamented with white feathers and wheat-ears. A round, long fur tippet of marten. Necklace of pearls, beautifully set in festoons. Ear-pendants of turquoise-stones.
Evening, or Ball-dress. A dress of amber-coloured taffety, with a very full puckering of crape, of the same colour as the dress, elegantly confined by clustered half-wreaths of full-blown red roses. The corsage is of a novel description; partly a la Sevigné, and partly in the Anglo-Greek style; the Sevigné drapery being confined to the upper part of the bust, and the Anglo-Greek stomacher formed by rouleaux of satin. Long sleeves of white tulle are appendages to this dress, and are confined at the wrists with Hindoostanee bracelets of plain, pure gold, fastened with a large oval brooch of red cornelian, set in chased gold. The mancherons are formed of alternate scalloped trimmings, about six in number, of amber sarcenet, and narrow white blond. The tucker is of double-edged blond, quilled in the middle, round the outside of the bust. The hair arranged in rich curls and bows, with a half wreath of roses, or other flowers of the same pink hue. The ear-pendants are formed of pear-pearls, and the necklace, of two rows of pearls, twisted; the upper one fastened in front with a cameo. White carved ivory fan, and white satin shoes.

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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.

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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.

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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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