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'Parisian Carriage Dress', March 1829

published by Rudolph Ackermann, published in R. Ackermann's Repository of Fashions
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published 1 March 1829
8 3/8 in. x 5 1/8 in. (213 mm x 131 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47627

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Described in issue number 3 of the magazine:
Front Figure. A redingote composed of velvet, the colour is boue de Paris; the corsage is made to sit close to the shape, the sleeve cut full and much puffed out on the shoulder by a newly-invented manche en gigot; it is terminated by a cuff à l'antique, finished à la Grecque at the top, by two very narrow rouleaux of satin a shade darker than the velvet; the skirt is finished round the bottom by a very deep hem, and up the front by a satin trimming which is very broad at the bottom, and becomes gradually narrower till it reaches the waist, where it takes the form of a pelerine falling low on the back and shoulders; it is cut to correspond with the cuff in a Grecian border, which is finished by two rouleaux of satin placed at a little distance from each other; there is no collar, but its place is supplied by a collerette en bouillons, through which is drawn a bright blue riband tied in front in full bows and short ends. The collerette is composed of blond net, and the bouillons are formed by a fall of deep pointed blond lace. Head-dress:- a hat of the same material as the redingote, brimmed with blue gauze ribands striped with yellow: the brim is large and very wide; the trimming is arranged partly in noeuds and partly in foliage; a branch of foliage is placed beneath the brim on each side, another decorates one side of the crown, and a large noeud is attached to the crown in front, near the top. Ear-rings and buckle for the ceinture, gold; gold Chatelaine and key, the latter of a large size: white velvet reticule, with an embroidery of gold foliage in the centre; blue kid gloves, and black cottines.
Sitting Figure. A Levantine high-dress of a bright amethyst colour: the corsage is tight to the figure, and the back of an unusual width between the shoulders. The ceinture is very broad, the skirt not quite so full as they have lately been worn, and a little gored: it is set on moderately full on the hips, and in deep folds in the middle of the back. - Pelerine quite round and falling rather low: hat of gros de Naples of the colour called gris de lavande, bound at the edge with pink satin; the crown moderately high, it is finished at the bottom by a full knot of gauze riband, from which a bunch or branch of foliage goes round to the front of the crown. The riband is extremely broad, and of gauze striped with pink and blue, and the brides, which are very long, hang loose.

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