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Carriage costume, October 1839

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Carriage costume, October 1839, published by Dobbs & Co, published in  The Court Magazine and Monthly Critic and Lady's Magazine and Museum, published October 1839 - NPG D47766 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Carriage 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
9 3/8 in. x 6 1/8 in. (237 mm x 155 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47766

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Described in The Court Magazine:
Standing Figure - Transparent drawn capotte of black lace. This capotte is not made with crown and front separate, but is cut all in one piece, with the round put in at top; the lace is supported on wires, three of which go lengthways, besides those which go across. The lace is put on in full and even gathers, and at each drawing a row of lace is put on, with a sufficient degree of fulness to make it sit properly. One row of lace is put on at the round at top, another at the edge of the front, and two more at equal distances between; the bavolet is double and rather deep, and the brides (strings) are very long, pointed at the ends, and cut on the cross way; they are trimmed all round with a very narrow lace, put on plain. A bunch, consisting of three full blown roses, a deep red, a pink, and a yellow, is placed as low as the ear at the left side of the capotte. The dress is a redingotte décolléttée (low) of white muslin. The corsage is plain, fitting tight to the bust, and has a low pelerine adapted to it. The pelerine is scarcely more than a finger and a half in depth at back; it crosses in front beneath the ceinture, the ends being sloped away to a point. The skirt of the dress opens on the left side; all round is a very broad hem, to the edge of which, down the opening, is a double frill of rich embroidery, narrow at the waist, and becoming gradually wider as it goes down. All round the dress, inside the hem is a very elegant border of work; the pelerine is embroidered and trimmed to match. The sleeves are plain upon the shoulder, the remainder very loose, with a puffing at top; at the wrist they are finished by a deep cuff, with a row of work and a frill at the upper part. A bow, consisting of three puffs of yellow ribbon, fastens the pelerine in front; the ends, which are very long, are passed under the ceinture which is of the same colour. Hair in bands, white kid gloves, black shoes of varnished leather and fan.
Sitting Figure - Blue crape capotte, not precisely the shape of the black one, the front and crown being in two distinct pieces; the cross wires on which the crape is supported are on the outside and covered in satin, which gives them the appearance of little satin rouleaux, to each of these is a row of narrow white blonde, three on the crown and three on the front, independently of the one at the joining together of the front and crown, in all seven; the bavolet and strings are of crape, and a blonde veil is put on at the edge of the front, instead of a lace. The pelerine is similar to the one before described. The dress is a low redingotte of cedar-colour satin, sleeves full, with a plain piece and a puffing at top. The skirt is without trimming at bottom.

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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.

International

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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