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French morning dress, summer 1836

published in Le Follet, Courrier des Salons, Journal des Modes
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, circa August 1836
8 1/2 in. x 5 5/8 in. (217 mm x 144 mm) paper size
Acquired, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47716

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Also published in the Lady's Magazine and Museum, September 1836, with the following description:
Toilette d'Interieur. Morning Dress - Dress of white muslin; the corsage made low in the neck, and quite plain to fit the bust. The sleeves short and tight, and, in order to show the shape of the arm to more advantage, they are cut on the cross way of the material. They are finished by a broad hem, (see plate) in which a coloured ribbon is inserted; they are ornamented by a bow of ribbons with rather long ends, and a lace ruffle reaching nearly to the elbow. The skirt of the dress has a coloured ribbon, likewise inserted into the hem, which is little more than a finger in depth, (see plate); above it is a very full flounce, with a small cotton cord hemmed into the edge.
Fichu, or Pelerine à la Paysanne - For the exact shape of this very pretty pelerine, we beg to refer our readers to the plate itself. It is trimmed with tulle, and has a ribbon to match the dress run into the hem. Apron of poux de soie, with small round pockets on the outside; the apron is very full, but gathered into a very small space at the waist (see plate). Hair plain on the forehead and in long ringlets at the sides; the back hair, which is dressed very low and far back on the head, is in two coques, or bows; a band of ribbon crosses the brow, and is finished on each temple by a pompon, or round bow (see plate). Round the neck is a very narrow black velvet ribbon, from which depends a trinket; long mittens of black silk netting, with a quilling of ribbon at top; white silk stockings, black satin shoes.
Child's Dress. - Frock of spotted muslin, the corsage made plain, with a small point in front; tight short sleeves, finished at the lower part with a double frill; the skirt short and full, with two rows of embroidery round the bottom (see plate). Cambric trowsers taken in at the ankle, and finished with frills; coloured brodequins. Hair parted on the brow, and forming small braids on the temples, in the centre of each is a bow of pink ribbon; necklace of Roman pearls.
New fashioned toilette table, of bois de Palissandre, gothic mirror, white marble slabs; window curtain with large, thick gilt rings, and without draperies.

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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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