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'Walking Dresses', August 1827

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'Walking Dresses', August 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 August 1827
8 1/2 in. x 5 3/8 in. (216 mm x 135 mm) plate size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47598

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Described in the issue for August 1827:
A dress of slight taffety, or other light summer material, of a pale primrose-colour, with two flounces at the border, set on almost straight, and embroidered at the edges in a fancy pattern, with dark lavender, or slate-colour silk. The sleeves en gigot, with a ruffle frill at the wrist, reversed; and, next the hand, bracelets of gold enamel. A white blond mantilla-pelerine, with two capes, and a falling collar over the upper cape. Transparent hat, of crape, the colour of the marshmallow-blossom, ornamented with bows of ribbon, and the flowers called Canterbury Bells, of the same colour as the hat, but without foliage. Parasol of white silk, striped crosswise, with mignonette-leaf-green. Slate-coloured gaiters, and black kid shoes.
A dress of white jaconot muslin, with four flounces, falling one over the other, cut in strawberry leaves. The body made high, and en gerbe; the sleeves, en gigot, with mancherons formed of muslin, cut in three strawberry leaves, each trimmed round with very narrow lace. A Leghorn hat, ornamented with branches of fern, and ribbon of straw colour and green tartan; the strings in a long loop; Indian-red scarf of Chinese crape, embroidered all over with silk of the same colour; and superbly finished at the ends by a broad fringe, headed with network. Slippers of light blue kid. Parasol of white silk, striped crosswise with chestnut-brown.

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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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