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'Evening Dress', April 1828

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'Evening Dress', April 1828

published by Rudolph Ackermann, published in The Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions, Manufactures, &c
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published 1 April 1828
8 1/2 in. x 4 3/8 in. (215 mm x 110 mm) paper size
Acquired, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47612

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Described in the magazine:
Dress of giraffe-colour tiffany, painted in waving columns of fancy flowers, and crossed, diagonally by lines of Ionian gray. The waist is long, and the upper part of the body full, terminating in a point in front: the ceinture, bound with satin cord, is attached to it, and partakes of the form of a diamond, the longitudinal corners continuing round the waist in a broad band. The sleeves are of white crèpe lisse, long and full, confined at the wrist by gold bracelets, and ornamented thence to the elbow by three heraldic roses of pink satin, with green centres. Zephyr cape of crèpe lisse, with three narrow pipings of white satin, and fastened in front and at the divisions on the shoulders by oval ornaments of emeralds and gold. The skirt, though full in front and at the sides, has the principal fulness behind, and has a deep border of fluted crèpe lisse, decorated with three rows of heraldic roses, in pink satin and green centres, at equal distances one between the other; beneath is a small rouleau of giraffe-colour satin. The hair is dressed in long and large curls around the head, very high at the top, in three large bows, supported by a semicircle of green satin, behind a rosette of rose-colour satin placed just above the division of the hair on the forehead. Gold ear-rings, and delicately wrought gold chain, entwined and passing three or four times round the neck. Short kid gloves, of pale pink, tied at the wrist. Giraffe-colour satin shoes.

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