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'Parisian Ball Dress', April 1829

published by Rudolph Ackermann, published in R. Ackermann's Repository of Fashions
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published 1 April 1829
8 3/8 in. x 4 1/2 in. (212 mm x 113 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47641

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Described in issue number 4 of the magazine:
Standing figure. A topaz coloured satin slip finished round the bottom of the skirt with a very broad rouleau of the same material, and stiffened so as to stand out considerably. The gown is of white blond lace, the ground covered with a running pattern in leaves, disposed in lozenges. Corsage tight to the shape, cut very low and square; a piece of the same material is let in and disposed in drapery folds across the bosom; they are less full than usually and are confined on each shoulder by a gold clasp with a diamond in the middle; a gold brooch ornamented in a similar manner, and having five diamonds pendant, fastens them in the centre of the bosom, which is marked by a rouleau of white satin. Short sleeve of blond over satin, puffed as much as usual on the shoulder, confined to the arm by a white satin rouleau, finished by a row of narrow blond, and surmounted by a fall of broad blond lace. Cordelière of white silk richly wrought. The trimming of the skirt consists of a single flounce of broad blond lace, laid on rather full, and in such a manner that the edge forms a heading. The hair is arranged in full clusters of curls on the temples, and dressed very high behind in full bows; a gold star, with a diamond in the middle, ornaments the braid that crosses the forehead; a gold comb set with diamonds is placed in the centre of the bows in front; three long blue ostrich feathers are placed behind the bows so as to droop a little over, and two others at the left side. Diamond ear-rings; white gros de Naples sandals; white kid gloves; cedar fan.
Sitting figure. An under dress of light green gros de Naples, over which is a gown of tulle to correspond in colour. Corsage uni, cut square, very low behind, but rather high in front; the back broad between the shoulders, but considerably sloped at the sides and narrow at the bottom, forms the shape in a very becoming manner. Blond lace tucker à l'enfant. Short full sleeve of tulle over satin. Cordelière of silver twist a gros grains. The bottom of the skirt is trimmed with a very broad biais, headed by a rouleau of satin and tulle, the last spotted with silver; a rich embroidery of bouquets of flowers in silver ornaments the biais. The hair is dressed full on the temples; the hind hair, drawn up to the crown of the head, is arranged in bows, except a single tress, which is plaited and brought round the back of the head and across the forehead; pink feathers, tipped with white, are disposed among the bows of hair; and a butterfly, composed of various coloured gems, ornaments the centre of the forehead. Ear-rings and bracelets, gold and sapphires; white kid gloves; white satin shoes.

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