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Children's costume, summer 1837

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Children's costume, summer 1837

published in Le Follet, Courrier des Salons, Journal des Modes
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, circa July 1837
5 5/8 in. x 9 3/8 in. (142 mm x 237 mm) paper size
Acquired, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47731

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Also published in The Lady's Magazine and Museum, August 1837, with a description:
Toilettes d'Enfant - Half Mourning Dress - Tunique, or short redingote, of thin muslin. The corsage is made low, and à-l'enfant, with gathers at the bottom of the waist, both at back and front. Round the neck is a deep gauffred tucker, in the style of a revers (see plate). Sleeves short and tight, with gauffred ruffles at bottom. A grey ribbon is inserted in the hem all round the dress, outside which is a gauffred frill, with a ribbon likewise inserted into the small hem all round; the frills on the sleeves, and on the bosom of the dress, are to match. A ribbon of the same colour is also inserted into the hem of the under dress (see plate). White trousers, grey brodequins, grey ceinture and bows. Coiffure à-la-chinoise, with a grey flower (from which depend two long ribbons,) placed at the left side of the head. This light and elegant toilet would, with a slight change, make a seasonable and pretty dinner costume.
2nd. Child. - Frock and trousers of grey figured muslin (mousseline brochée.) High corsage, with gathers in the back; a flounce at the bottom of the skirt. Sleeves full at top, tight from the elbow down. Trousers to match. Hat of grey pous de soie, with a very small bow at back. Instead of a silk bavolet, the front of the hat goes all round, and is turned up at back (see plate). Cambric collar, white gloves, grey shoes.

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The controversial monarch William IV dies of pneumonia in June leaving no legitimate heirs, and is succeeded to the throne by his niece Victoria, one month after her eighteenth birthday.
The Registration Act of Births, Marriages and Deaths makes it compulsory for all births, marriages and deaths to be registered at a Registry Office.

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Dickens's second novel Oliver Twist is serialised in Bentley's Magazine. The story of the orphan Oliver is an attack on the Poor Law Amendment Acts (1834), a highly contentious piece of legislation which abolished outdoor relief, effectively increasing entry in the workhouse. The novel, famously made into a musical in 1968, marks Dickens as an outspoken social critic as well as a highly popular and commercial writer.


The Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin is killed in a duel with Baron Georges d'Anthès. Considered the founder of modern Russian literature, Pushkin blended Old Slavonic with vernacular Russian and was the first Russian writer to use everyday speech in his poetry. His works include Eugene Onegin.

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