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'Head Dresses', January 1828

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- subject matching 'Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Velvet'

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'Head Dresses', January 1828

published by Rudolph Ackermann, published in The Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions, Manufactures, &c
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published 1 January 1828
8 1/2 in. x 4 7/8 in. (215 mm x 125 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47618

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Described in the magazine:
1. Hat of couleur monstre, or light green striped velvet; the brim, extremely wide and spreading in the front and sides, contains behind half a quarter deep and full, being a continuation of the lower velvet trimming that surrounds the crown, placed low on the left and high on the right side: the trimming on the front above is folded in a picturesque style. Papilionaceous bows of rich satin ribbon, of cherry-colour and black, adorn the left side, and spread from the top of the crown towards the right; three small branches of the golden or Portuguese everlasting fall gracefully from opposite points.
2. Toque of fine tulle spreading upwards from a broad gold band, which has two bows and an end pendant from the right side. The toque is edged at the top with gold lace; the crown is low and full, and has a star in the centre.
3. Turban of crimson velvet, with two ostrich feathers of the same colour on the right side, and a projecting ornament of black velvet, bound with gold lace, on the left; bandeau of ermine.
4. Parisian hat of black velvet, bound with gold-colour satin, and lined with pink; the brim is very large and double in front; two curled ostrich feathers of scarlet and gold emanate from the space between, and one extends beyond the edge of the brim. The crown is made plain, and has a fan-like bow of gold and black.

Events of 1828back to top

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.


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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