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', January 1829

© 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', 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

Artistsback to top

This portraitback to top

Described in the magazine:
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.

Events of 1829back to top

Current affairs

Metropolitan police force of over three thousand paid, uniformed, professional policemen founded by Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel.
Roman Catholic Relief Act grants emancipation; Catholics admitted to vote, sit in parliament and hold almost all public offices.

Art and science

Success of George Stephenson's Rocket steam engine at Rainhill Trials.
First London bus service licensed; the new 'box-on-wheels' contributes greatly to the expansion of the suburbs.
Apsley House completed for the Duke of Wellington by Benjamin Wyatt.
First Oxford and Cambridge boat race.

International

Andrew Jackson is elected President of the United States.

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.

Citationclose

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.

Do, draw and make!

Do, draw and make!

From building dens to food faces – enjoy our Playful Portraits activities and find out about some brilliant people!

Get Creative

Healthcare Heroes

Activities for children and families inspired by three healthcare heroes from our Collection.

Learn together

Learning resources

Downloadable and web based resources to support learning at home linked to art, history, citizenship and literacy.

Get learning