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'Head Dresses', October 1828

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'Head Dresses', 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 7/8 in. (215 mm x 124 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47620

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Described in the magazine:
1. Cap of white crèpe lisse, the border very broad, vandyked and edged with scarlet braiding; in a deep puff on the left temple a cardinal flower is placed; the border touches the forehead in front, takes a retrograde direction and rises high on the right side, and is sustained with another branch of the cardinal flower: the head-piece is bound with scarlet satin.
2. Toque of Parisian gauze of a pale Pomona green, folded very deep and standing up from the head-piece, and adorned with several long bows of broad green gauze ribbon; the crown is low and circular.
3. Hat of Aurora or amber-colour gros de Naples; the crown higher in front than behind, and the front of the brim very projecting and shallow at the back, where a small bow is placed, to which a long white ostrich feather is fastened; it lies flat on the brim, and falls below it towards the left or opposite side; a zig-zag puff trimming ornaments the front; broad amber-colour strings.
4. Capote of rose-colour silk, trimmed with a notched ruche at the edge of the brim, and lined with white sarsnet; the crown is high, and in front has two very large stiffened bows like long loops and a triplet of leaves standing erect.

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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.

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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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