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'Opera Dress. Evening Costume', February 1829

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'Opera Dress. Evening Costume', February 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 February 1829
7 3/4 in. x 4 5/8 in. (196 mm x 117 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47653

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Opera Dress. Over a white satin slip, a dress of crêpe aerophane, with a broad hem at the border. The corsage is of velvet, of a violet colour; long, and pointed in front, at the base, with a Sévigné drapery across the bust; in the centre of which is a cameo set in gold. The sleeves are of white crape, a la Marie; with the fulness confined at the upper part of the arm, by gold armlets; and at the wrists by very broad bracelets of gold, each fastened by a cameo head. The mancherons are formed of points of violet-coloured velvet. The head-dress consists of a velvet hat of violet-colour, placed very much on one side, and ornamented under the elevated part of the brim, on the right, with a gold chain cordon, and one white feather, waving in a spiral direction towards the edge of the brim. The crown, which is very low, is surmounted with white plumage, playing tastefully in various directions. The ear-pendants are of gold, en girandoles; with a necklace formed of three rows of massive gold chain-work.
Evening Costume. A dress of amber-coloured crape, with a full border, bouillonnée, the puckering headed by embossed branches of foliage, and single leaves, formed of amber-satin. The body is of satin, and made low, especially at the shoulders; and trimmed round the bust with a double, falling tucker of blond, of a rich pattern. The sleeves are short, and very full; on the outside of the arm they are ornamented with a pointed drapery of blond, fastened down with two small bows of satin ribbon. A belt of pearls encircles the waist. The hair is beautifully arranged, in a Madonna-braid in front, separated on the forehead, and on each side of the face are masses of ringlets, depending lower on the left side than on the other; and crowned with a turban of scarlet crape, ornamented with sprigs of heath. A bandeau, composed of one row of large and valuable pearls, crosses the forehead.

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