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'Carriage Dress', December 1827

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'Carriage Dress', December 1827

published by Rudolph Ackermann, published in The Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions, Manufactures, &c
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published 1 December 1827
8 3/8 in. x 4 3/4 in. (214 mm x 121 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47603

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Described in the magazine:
High dress of green Merino, with gigot sleeves and broad wristbands, fastened with hooks and eyes, and confining the gloves, which are of rose-colour kid; the skirt is trimmed with two deep flounces of the same material as the dress, headed and edged with a shawl pattern border of roses. Cloak of tomata colour gros-de-Berlin, lined with ermine, made very long and full, and drawn at the waist behind; the arm-holes are bound with tomata-colour velvet, like the large circular cape, which is fastened in front with a gold clasp à la militaire; square collar, falling over and displaying the ermine lining. Blue silk Navarino handkerchief tied round the throat. White gros de Naples hat, with a wide and spreading brim, ornamented beneath with rows of tomata-colour satin ribbon, on each side united by a ribbon extending across the front; the crown is decorated with white and tomata-colour satin trimming, and white ostrich feathers disposed in front and at the sides; satin string en bride. Muff of ermine, and shoes of dark chestnut colour kid.

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Current affairs

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.

Art and science

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.

International

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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