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'Newest Fashions for November 1831. Morning and Evening Dresses'

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'Newest Fashions for November 1831. Morning and Evening Dresses'

published in The World of Fashion and Continental Feuilletons
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published November 1831
8 5/8 in. x 7 in. (220 mm x 178 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47658

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Evening Dress. A dress of rose-coloured crèpe lisse, over satin to correspond; the corsage is made low and square, and lightly embroidered round the bust. Beret sleeves, very short and full. A rose coloured gauze ribbon is crossed, something in the shape of an X, on the bust, forms a heart behind, and is disposed on each shoulder in very full noeuds de Paye. A Grecian border, of bright green and carnation mingled, adorns the skirt just above the hem. The hair is combed back upon the forehead, and the hind hair dressed in plaited bands, which are brought across the forehead on each side, and then turn back, and form a full knot on the summit of the head. The coiffure is composed of a mixture of ends of ribbon with golden ears of ripe corn, and a ferronière of dead gold placed high upon the forehead.
Morning and Carriage Dress. A jacconot muslin dress, corsage en peignoir, with sleeves of the Medicis kind, lightly embroidered at the lower part. The skirt is also finished with a double row of light embroidery. The bonnet, of the demi capote shape, is of white rippled satin, trimmed with green and white gauze ribbon and sprigs of field flowers. Blond lace cravat, fastened with a gold and ruby brooch. Cashmere shawl.
Second Evening Dress. A dress of white gaze Polonais, over a white gros de Naples slip. The corsage sits close to the shape, it is cut low and rounded on the shoulders; it is ornamented round the top of the bust with rose-coloured gauze ribbon, forming a point in front, and terminating in a bow behind. Short full sleeves; the fullness caught up in the centre of the arm, by a bow of rose-coloured ribbon; the ceinture corresponds. The skirt is trimmed with a band of rose-coloured ribbon, placed at the edge of the hem, and terminating on the left side in a knot, formed by the ends of the ribbon, in which a bouquet of flowers is inserted. The hair is dressed à la Princesse Marie, and ornamented by a gold chain, disposed en ferronière, and a bouquet of flowers placed on one side.

Events of 1831back to top

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Parliamentary Reform Bill is rejected by the House of Lords prompting riots in Nottingham, Derby and Bristol.

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Michael Faraday demonstrates electromagnetic induction.
Death of Lady Sarah Ponsonby, last of the famous Ladies of Llangollen who attracted many of the leading names in art and literature to visit them at their home in Plas Newydd, Wales.
Opening of New London Bridge, designed by John Rennie.


Violinist Niccolo Paganini arrives in England from Italy and embarks on a six month tour of the country after astonishing London audiences with his virtuoso performances.
Revolutionary outbreaks in Modena, Parma and the Papal States influenced by the July Revolution in France the previous year.

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