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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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