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French walking dress, autumn 1836

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French walking dress, autumn 1836

published in Le Follet, Courrier des Salons, Journal des Modes
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, circa October 1836
8 3/8 in. x 5 5/8 in. (214 mm x 144 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47715

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Also published in the Lady's Magazine and Museum, November 1836, with the following description:
Toilette de Promenade. - Satin hat. The front of the hat is large and excessively evasée; it does not descend quite so low at the sides as those that have been lately worn, nor does it sit so close to the face. The crown is not remarkable for height, nor is it low. It is trimmed all round with a double border (see plate); The garniture consists of a full trimming of satin riband, a large bow of which is placed at the right side, where it retains two ostrich feathers (see plate); a second full bow is placed over the bavolet or curtain, but as much as possible towards the left side. Two small bouquets of roses ornament the inside of the front of the hat. Manteau-mantelet of satin, ornamented with velvet riband and chenille fringes. This manteau, or cloak, is cut in the style of a blouse (without sleeves), with a piece put in at the neck, so as to have as little fulness as possible about the body. The skirt is excessively full, and put on in large plaits to a belt at the waist. The cape, as may be seen by the plate, consists of a long piece, like a plain mantelet or scarf; it is sloped out a little at top, so as to make it sit at the neck; the fronts are left loose, being brought together and fastened with small pattes and buttons (see plate), placed at distances. The ends of this mantelet-cape are rounded. Three rows of very narrow velvet go entirely round the cape, outside of which is a deep and rich chenille fringe: the velvet riband and fringe are of the colour of the cloak. A small round collar of black velvet finishes the cloak at top. Dark lilac silk cravatte: pale yellow kid gloves: shoes of drap de soie. The second figure gives the back of the cloak.

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William Lovett founds the Working Men's Association, the precursor to Chartism, with the aim to achieving equal social and political rights between men of all classes.
A reduction in stamp duty from 4d to 1d helps to keep unstamped newspapers off the street, and leads to wider circulation of legal newspapers.
The first railway line is built in London, connecting to Greenwich and operated by the London Greenwich Railway (LGR).

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The American poet and writer Ralph Waldo Emerson outlines his theory of transcendentalism in Nature, in which he argues for individualism above traditional authority, stressing the infinitude of the private self and the possibility of achieving an original relation to the universe.
The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer publishes On the Will in Nature, a precursor to his famous The World as Will and Representation.


Texas declares its independence from Mexico following a series of battles, including those at the Alamo and Goliad. Sam Houston is the first president of Texas, serving both in 1836-38 and 1841-44.
The city of Adelaide is founded in Australia, at the mouth of the Torrens river, named in honour of Queen Adelaide, consort of William IV.

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