Ball dresses, 1839
Ball dresses, 1839
published in The Court Magazine and Monthly Critic and Lady's Magazine and Museum
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published February 1839
9 3/8 in. x 6 1/8 in. (237 mm x 156 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Artistback to top
- The Court Magazine and Monthly Critic and Lady's Magazine and Museum (1837-1847), Magazine. Artist associated with 103 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Described in the magazine:
Ball Dresses - Dress of white crape over satin. The corsage is à pointe, with folded draperies going all round the bosom (see both figures in plate); it will also be perceived that the back of the corsage has a very short point. The sleeves are very short and exceedingly full. The skirt of the dress is en tunique. At the right side it is rounded off, and at the other, turned back, and retained with an ornament or bouquet. The right side of the skirt is trimmed with a full puffing, edged with a guirlande of full-blown roses, with foliage. It will be perceived that the puffs are quite small at the waist, and gradually increase in size as they go down. The front hair is in long ringlets at the sides, very much parted on the brow, and intermixed with a quantity of flowers. A rouleau of velvet, with a string of pearls rolled over it, entirely encircles the head, and mixes with the rouleaux of hair at the back, which are arranged à la Grecque (see plate). White kid gloves, trimmed with swan's down. White satin shoes.
Sitting Figure - Coiffure the same as the other. Dress of satin.
Subjects & Themesback to top
- Clocks and timepieces
- Double portraits
- Fashion Plates: Accessories - Gloves - Kid gloves
- Fashion Plates: Activities and occasions - Ball dress
- Fashion Plates: Bodices - Bodices à la Sévigné
- Fashion Plates: Bodices - Corsages à pointe
- Fashion Plates: Dresses - En tunique; tunic style
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Crape; Crêpe
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Satin
- Fashion Plates: Footwear - Satin shoes
- Fashion Plates: Hair - Classical Greek hairstyles
- Fashion Plates: Trimmings and ornamentation - Bouillons; puffings
- Fashion Plates: Trimmings and ornamentation - Flowers
- From behind
- Jewellery - Pendants and necklaces
Events of 1839back to top
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