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'Walking Dress. Carriage Dress', February 1835

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'Walking Dress. Carriage Dress', February 1835

by E.T.P., published by Edward Churton, published in The Court Magazine and Belle Assemblée
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published February 1835
8 7/8 in. x 5 3/4 in. (224 mm x 145 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47673

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Described in the magazine:
Walking Dress. Satin robe, a deep citron ground plaided in one of the new Walter Scott patterns. A high corsage, fitting tight to the shape, and marking it out distinctly. The sleeve forms two bouffants above the elbow, and then descends full nearly to the wrist, where the fulness is confined by a band of citron-coloured fancy silk trimming with a richly wrought lozenge in the centre. The front of the dress is ornamented in a light but rich style with fancy silk trimming disposed in half circles, which gradually increase in size from the waist to the extremity of the skirt; they are attached by lozenges from which short tassels depend. Morning cap bordered with a ruche of blonde de Cambray. Bonnet of brun d'Espagne velvet, the crown a moderate size, is placed rather far back; the brim is round, and a little bent over the forehead; the trimming consists of a band and knots of plain brown satin riband, and the beautiful plumage of a foreign bird, corresponding in its tints with those of the robe; it is placed at the bottom of the crown on the left side, and droops over the brim to the right. Large square collar of blonde de Cambray. A sable palatine tippet, or Cashmere shawl, should be worn with this dress for the promenade.
Carriage Dress. Robe of green satin damassé, a rich dead ground with satin sprigs highly raised. Corsage, a three-quarter height, plain behind, and disposed in full folds, which form a V on the front. Sleeves à la folle. Dark brown velvet mantle lined with swansdown, a rouleau of which edges the collar, sleeves, and round of the cloak. It is of the Witzchoura form, drawn close at the back, with large Turkish sleeves, and a deep falling collar; is a good deal shorter than the dress, and rounded at the corners. Hat of maize satin, a round open brim, the interior of which is trimmed with coques of transparent satin riband corresponding with the mantle, and short ruches of blond lace, terminated by brides of transparent satin riband the colour of the hat. The crown is low, placed perpendicularly, and ornamented with knots of riband, and two ostrich feathers of the same hue.

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