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'Evening Dress', October 1828

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'Evening Dress', October 1828

published by Rudolph Ackermann, published in The Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions, Manufactures, &c
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published 1 October 1828
8 1/2 in. x 4 3/8 in. (215 mm x 110 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47617

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Described in the magazine:
Dress of sea-green crèpe de Lyons; the bodice made close to the shape with perpendicular plaits formed by a corded seam into a stomacher, ornamented with buttons of the same colour down the front and back; the tucker a narrow ruche of tulle. The sleeves are à la Marie, being short and full, with one division formed by a sea-green satin band round the arm, and fastened by a garnet snap, and another band and snap at the termination of the sleeve. The skirt is fulled in all round the waist, and has two flounces a quarter of a yard each in depth, edged with crimson satin; ornaments of a fan-like shape extend half way over each flounce. The hair is divided in front à la Madonna, and has plaited bands of hair on the left side, and several rows of pearls on the right, terminating with a fancy ornament, behind which a cluster of ringlets descends; three large bows of hair and rose-colour gauze adorn the summit of the head. Necklace composed of a double row, the upper of garnets set in gold, with a handsome medallion snap in front; the second row is a wreath of embossed gold leaves, with pendant pearls; ear-rings to correspond; broad enamelled bracelets outside the white kid gloves, which are stamped and drawn at the elbow; white satin shoes and sandals.

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Current affairs

Duke of Wellington becomes Prime Minister.
Madhouse Act attempts to regulate asylums and ensure new arrivals are genuinely insane.
Repeal of the Test Acts removes political restrictions from dissenters, allowing them to hold public office.

Art and science

London Zoological Gardens open in Regent's Park. They provide both entertainment and a supply of exotic specimens for naturalists and anatomists such as Richard Owen who becomes a European authority on the subject.

International

Daniel O'Connell is elected Member of Parliament for County Clare but as a Catholic is not permitted to take his seat.

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