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'Evening Dress. Dinner Party Dress', November 1827

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'Evening Dress. Dinner Party Dress', November 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 November 1827
8 1/2 in. x 5 3/8 in. (216 mm x 135 mm) plate size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47601

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Described in the issue for November 1827:
Evening Dress. A dress of white taffety, with two flounces, cut in indented scallops, and edged with branches of green foliage, in embroidery. Over the upper flounce is a double row of the same foliage, worked on the dress; and the upper flounce is headed by a silk cordon of white and green. The body is made slightly en gerbe; a pointed pelerine-collerette of crépe-lisse covers the bust, trimmed round with a ruche of tulle, and surmounted near the throat with a full narrow ruff of the same. The sleeves are of crepe-lisse, long and full, and have a narrow mancheron of embroidered taffety, the same as on the edge of the flounces, and consisting of one simple row of indented scallops. On the wrists are two odd bracelets; on the left arm, next the wrist, is one very broad, of white and gold enamel, fastened by a cameo; over that a bracelet formed of two gold chains, clasped with a white agate. On the right arm are two bracelets, close together, of gold lace, on which are sewn bright garnets, and these are clasped with white agate. A dress-hat is rather profusely ornamented with a variety of field flowers, some of which are under the brim, on the hair: the hat is of white crape, and has long strings, floating loose, of brocaded white gauze ribbon. A belt of shaded green ribbon encircles the waist, and fastens behind with a gold buckle. The shoes are of black satin.
Dinner Party Dress. A dress of celestial-blue gros de Naples, with two flounces, slightly festooned, scalloped, and embroidered at the edges with dark blue. Dividing each flounce, and over the upper one, is a rick silk twisted cordon of light and dark blue: the whole surmounted by elegant bouquets of foliage in dark blue. The corsage, à la Sévigné, with full long sleeves, fastened on the left arm, next the wrist, by a broad bracelet of gold, with an antique intaglio head; above that a single gold chain. On the right arm are three bracelets; that next the wrist of white and gold enamel, with a cameo-head. The other two consist each of two rows of gold heads, fastened with a brooch of pearls. Over the bust is thrown an amulet-chain of Egyptian pebbles and large gold beads. The dress-hat is of white, transparent, stiffened net, trimmed with pink striped ribbon, gauze, blond, and Indian flowers. A bow of pink ribbon is placed over each temple, under the brim, and the strings float loose.

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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.


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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