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French Fashions, November 1829. 'Walking Dress. Carriage Dress'

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French Fashions, November 1829. 'Walking Dress. Carriage Dress'

published by George Byrom Whittaker, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 1 December 1829
7 3/4 in. x 4 5/8 in. (196 mm x 119 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47651

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Described in the magazine:
Walking Dress. A pelisse of gros de Naples, of a violet colour, fastening down the skirt by rosettes; in the centre of each of the rosettes a gold button. The body of the pelisse turns back in front of the bust, en lapelles, and discovers a chemisette of plaited lawn, fastening down the front, like a gentleman's shirt, with gold buttons: this is surmounted by a ruff of lace, under which is tied a sautoir of brocaded silk. The sleeves are à l’Imbécille, confined at the wrists by gold bracelets, dividing a double ruff of lace. The hat is of white gros de Naples, and should be trimmed with blue ribbon, striped with white. On the left side, the fringed ends of a bow depend over the brim.
Carriage Dress. A pelisse of cherry colour, trimmed round the border and down the front of the skirt, where it fastens imperceptibly, underneath, with velvet of the same colour as the pelisse; though some ladies prefer it about two shades darker. The body is made plain, with two pelerine capes, turning back, and edged round with velvet to correspond with the trimming on the skirt. The sleeves are à la Donna Maria, and are finished at the wrists by pointed Spanish cuffs of velvet. A bonnet of marsh-mallow blossom, or some other lively colour, is elegantly trimmed beneath the brim with white gauze striped ribbons, formed in a bandeau across the front, and a full rosette on each side; from these depend the strings, which float loose. The crown of the hat is ornamented by bows of striped ribbon, either white, or the same colour as the hat; the ribbon disposed in very long puffs.

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