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'Evening Dress. Dinner Party Dress', January 1829

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'Evening Dress. Dinner Party Dress', January 1829

published by George Byrom Whittaker, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 1 January 1829
7 5/8 in. x 4 1/2 in. (195 mm x 115 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47652

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Dinner Party Dress. A dress of black Smyrna satin, with a broad border of black velvet, headed by a narrow double rouleau of lavender grey satin. Plain corsage of the same colour and material as the rouleau on the skirt. Short sleeves of black satin, over which are long sleeves of white tulle, or of crêpe-lisse. A beret of black velvet, placed very much on one side; and beneath the brim, on the right, is a white feather; on the side of the beret, which is brought very low, is another feather gracefully waving over the throat; the crown is adorned with a beautiful plumage of white feathers. The ear-pendants are of wrought gold, the bracelets very broad, and of gold, finely enchased; one bracelet is clasped by a large ruby, the other by a white agate; both set in fillagree gold.
Evening Dress. A dress of tulle over white satin; with a full bouillonée border next the feet, of tulle, in flutings, headed by bows formed of one loop, and one end of white satin ribbon, set very close together: over this border is a broad bias fold, with a row of white satin foliage above it. The corsage is of white satin, finished at the bust with drapery, a la Sévigné, in tulle, fastened in the centre with an antique girandole brooch of jewellery, consisting chiefly of turquoise-stones, and finely enchased gold. The drapery is also fastened down on each shoulder, by a small rosace, in turquoise-stones. The sleeves are short and very full. The hair is arranged in full curls on each side of the face, and crowned by an open coronet-toque, consisting of puffs of celestial-blue crape, entwined with narrow black velvet, and crowned on the left side of the summit with an aigrette, composed of turquoises and other precious stones: that part of the toque which crosses the forehead has an ornament in the centre of differently coloured gems. The ear pendants are of turquoise stones and wrought gold, with a necklace composed of one row of turquoises, set in the form of large separate rosettes: such a necklace is of immense value. The shoes are of white satin.

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