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Grande toilette de visites or carriage costume, July 1839

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Grande toilette de visites or carriage costume, July 1839

published by Dobbs & Co, published in The Court Magazine and Monthly Critic and Lady's Magazine and Museum
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published July 1839
9 3/8 in. x 6 1/8 in. (237 mm x 154 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47761

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Described in the magazine:
Redingote of rich green satin; the corsage half-high, made to fit the bust as accurately as possible. The corsage has a seam down the centre of the back, and each side of the front, it may be remarked is in two pieces. It has also a full jacket at back and a slight point in front, being made without a ceinture. A revers en châle, turning over like a flat collar at back, and forming a kind of lappel in front finishes the top of the corsage. This revers has a trifling cut on the shoulder so as to form a point to the lappel, and is trimmed round with a narrow white blonde. The corsage is fastened down the front with silk buttons. The sleeves are plain on the shoulder and very full all the way down. The skirt of the dress is en tablier, formed by a very thick ruche (quilling) decoupé, which goes down each side of the front of the dress, in the style of robings, and is continued round the entire back of the skirt. A row of buttons to match those on the corsage goes down the front breadth of the dress. Drawn capotte of pink crape. The front is évasée, and very long at the sides. It will also be perceived that the centre of the front is much less deep than the sides. The crown is rather small at top. The trimming is of crape, cut on the cross-way, and a plume of marabouts is placed low at the left side of the capotte. Underneath the front are to be seen at each side four full-blown roses without foliage. Chemisette décolletée, trimmed with three rows of narrow lace. Cambric ruffles, trimmed with narrow lace, top and bottom. Hair in bands. Yellow kid gloves. Black shoes.
Second, or Sitting Figure. - The dress which gives the back of the one just described, is composed of poux de soie, couleur cendre. The capotte is of straw-colour poux de soie. White gloves. Fan.

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The Bedchamber crisis strains relations between the government and the monarchy, after Queen Victoria refuses to dismiss her Whig-appointed ladies of the bedchamber at the request of the new, Conservative Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel. Peel resigns and Melbourne returns as Prime Minister.
The Grand National is first held at the Aintree race course, won by the horse Lottery, and the first Henley Royal Regatta, the rowing event, is held on the Thames.

Art and science

The French and British scientists Louis Daguerre and William Henry Fox Talbot separately publicise their experiments with the new form of photography.
The prolific journalist Harriet Martineau publishes her three decker novel Deerbrook, the story of middle class country life.


The first Opium War with China is sparked after the British government refuses to try six British soldiers accused of killing a Chinese man protecting a temple from looters. Relations were strained as Britain had promoted the drug opium in China to boost trade. Winning the war, Britain secured vital trading rights.
African captives aboard the Spanish ship La Amistad revolt, resulting in a highly publicised court case.

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