The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

'Evening Dress. Dinner Party Dress', November 1828

© National Portrait Gallery, London

 Like voting
is closed

Thanks for Liking

Please Like other favourites!
If they inspire you please support our work.

Buy a print Make a donation Close
  • Buy a print
  • Use this image
  • ShareShare this

'Evening Dress. Dinner Party Dress', November 1828

probably by William Read, published by George Byrom Whittaker, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
hand-coloured etching and acquatint, published 1 November 1828
8 1/2 in. x 5 1/4 in. (217 mm x 134 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47626

Artistsback to top

This portraitback to top

Described in the magazine:
Evening Dress. A dress of white satin, with a very broad hem round the border, headed by a narrow rouleau; above which is a full and splendid embroidery, embossed in floize silk. The body is en gerbe, with a pointed zone round the waist, embroidered in a similar manner with the border round the skirt. A very narrow tucker of blond surrounds the bust: the sleeves, short and very full, are of white crape, and are confined in the centre by a white satin band. The hair is arranged à la Grecque, and richly ornamented with pink ears of corn, grouped very close, but very tastefully, together. The ear-pendants are en girandoles, formed of three turquoise stones of a pear shape: the necklace is of pearls, with a girandole ornament in the centre, of turquoise stones, to correspond with the ear-rings. A drapery scarf of pink silk is worn with the above dress.
Dinner Party Dress. Over a white satin slip is a dress of amber crape, with the border ornamented by two very full flounces, en dents de loups, which stand out, in large and stiffened flutings: alternating with each quill, or fluting, is a point fastened down close to the dress, giving to this trimming a truly novel and unique effect. Next the shoe is a full wadded rouleau of amber satin; and the points and flutings of the flounces are edged with a narrow satin rouleau: above the upper flounce is an ornament consisting of oblique points, inclining towards the left side, formed of narrow satin rouleaux, in outline. The body is quite plain, and tightly fitting the shape: a very broad, falling tucker of blond, of a superb pattern, and set on full, surrounds the bust. The sleeves are short, and of white satin; over these are long sleeves of plain tulle, à la Marie, confined round the centre of the thickest part of the arm, by an amber satin band; and the wrist part of the sleeve is finished by a broad, pointed cuff of amber satin, the points edged round by narrow blond: a very broad bracelet of gold encircles the wrist, fastened by a large emerald, or a turquoise stone, set à l’Antique. The head-dress is a dress-hat of transparent crape, or stiffened net, of turquoise-blue; though some ladies, whose complexions will admit of it, prefer having the hat of pistachio-green satin: whichever may be adopted, this becoming hat is profusely ornamented under the right side of the brim, which is elevated, with blond, in fan-flutings; on the left side, which is brought down low, over the ear, is a rosette, at the edge of the brim, of white gauze brocaded ribbon, with ends. An ornament of satin, en bateau, the colour of the hat, waves gracefully across the crown, in front, and the whole is finished by a superb plumage of white feathers. The necklace is of wrought gold, of light and elegant workmanship, formed in festoons, which are caught up by various-coloured gems.

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.

Tell us more back to top

Can you tell us more about this portrait? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. You can buy a print of most illustrated portraits. Select the portrait of interest to you, then look out for a Buy a Print button. Prices start at £6 for unframed prints, £25 for framed prints. If you wish to license this image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.


How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.


Our channel

View a wide collection of video content on our YouTube channel from past projects to our latest films.

Sit back and watch

Artist and sitter interviews

Get insights into creating portraiture from BP Portrait Award 2020 artists and their sitters.

Explore behind the scenes

Sleeping Awake

Watch our film created to say ‘goodbye’ to the Gallery before we closed for our major transformation project.

Hear our story