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'Evening Dress. Carriage Dress', September 1827

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'Evening Dress. Carriage Dress', September 1827

probably 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 September 1827
8 1/2 in. x 5 1/4 in. (216 mm x 134 mm) plate size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47600

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Described in the issue for September 1827:
Evening Dress. A gown of a novel description, the lower part being made like a pelisse robe, of pink crape, richly ornamented with satin of the same colour. One broad bias fold of pink satin surrounds the border, cut in points next the knee, to which it nearly ascends: at the part where the robe closes down the front of the skirt, is a broad layer of satin, notched in points on each side: down the centre of this ornament, are bows of pink satin ribbon, placed at equal distances. The body is finished in front with fichu robings in points, similar in appearance to the Anglo-Greek stomacher. The sleeves are long, and of white crape, with double rows of antique points of white satin: next the hand, a broad gold bracelet, fastened with a cameo head. A dress hat of white transparent crape; under the brim a fluting of broad blond; the crown of the hat covered with beautiful white plumage, playing in every direction.
Carriage Dress. A dress of taffety of the very lightest tinge of willow-green; with four broad tucks, or bias folds, round the border, carried up almost the whole length of the skirt. The body made quite plain; and an elegant fichu worn over it, made of fine India muslin, with a standing-up collar; finished by a full frill-trimming of very fine lace. This trimming, when the fichu is of crape or of Japanese gauze, is of blond. A hat of Leghorn, ornamented with corn-poppies, green wheat, and maize, completes this costume.

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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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