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Carriage or visiting costume, October 1839

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Carriage or visiting costume, October 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 October 1839
7 5/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (194 mm x 150 mm) paper size
Acquired, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47765

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Described in The Court Magazine:
Dinner Costume - first sitting figure. Redingotte of striped satin noisette and blue; the corsage is low and fits tight to the bust, and has a deep falling collar or cape; the sleeves are plain at top, with two tucks put on, the remainder full; a frill, of the same material of the dress, goes entirely down the front and round the collar; it is cut on the cross way, and is edged with a passe poil or piping of satin. Drawn capotte of white crape; this capotte, as may be seen by referring to the plate, is quite different from the two already described [see D47766], a band of plain crape dividing each space of gathers, and the wires which form the foundation being covered with amber satin, give it altogether a different appearance; it is very much evasée, and the fronts meet under the chin; the trimming consists of a roll of crape crossing the front and a bouquet of full blown roses placed at the right side; the strings are of crape, cambric ruffles, pale yellow kid gloves, cambric handkerchief trimmed with lace, black varnished leather shoes.
First standing figure (centre) - The coiffure of this figure is half Chinese, half à la Grecque; the front hair being turned back from the roots, and the back twisted into braids, very low at the back of the head, nearly as low as the roots of the hair. At the sides of the face are the little curls called les accroche coeurs. Low dress of pale pink silk, à pois satinès, with satin spots. The corsage à l'enfant with gathers across the front and back. Long sleeves, plain at the shoulder, and full the remainder of the way down, with deep poignets and embroidered ruffles. Scarf of India muslin, frilled on each side with lace, long gold ear-rings, yellow kid gloves.
Third Figure - Coiffure exactly similar to the one just described; dress of white crape over satin. The corsage is low and has a little fulness at the lower part of the waist, both at front and back; a double revers or pelerine falls over the top of the corsage, it is deep at the back, and is cut away almost entirely towards the centre of the front. The skirt of the dress is open in front, and rounded off at the corners. The trimming consists of three tucks, cut on at the crossway with a very narrow blonde run on at the edge of each. The sleeves of this dress are similar to those already described. Hair chain round the neck, gold ear-rings and broche, dark violet satin brodequins.

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Current affairs

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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