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'Carriage Costume or Visiting Dress - Toilettes de Long Champs', May 1840

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'Carriage Costume or Visiting Dress - Toilettes de Long Champs', May 1840

published by Dobbs & Co, published in The Court Magazine and Monthly Critic and Lady's Magazine and Museum, first published in Le Follet, Courrier des Salons, Journal des Modes
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published May 1840
8 1/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (207 mm x 149 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47862

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Described in the magazine:
Morning dress of fine white cashmere, corsage à coeur (open and low in front), with a few gathers at the bottom of the waist, both at front and back. The sleeves are very full, gathered into three full bouillons at top, and two at the wrist, round the bottom of the skirt are two rows of embroidery done in coloured floss silks; between these two rows, and below the lowest are two sets of three tucks, cut on the crossway of the material, and put on without any space being left between, the tucks are about half a finger in depth, and the upper one of each set is put on with a small liseré (piping). The hat is of white poux de soie, it is very small, the front sits round to the face, and it comes very low at the sides. A bunch of drooping flowers is at the left side, and underneath the front, are three full blown roses at each side. The hair is in plain bands, flat collar of gothic lace, with ruffles of the same, falling over the hands, - Venetian neck chain, from which depends a Saint Esprit, white kid gloves, black varnished shoes, plain silk stockings.
Sitting Figure. - Dress of cedar colour, poux de soie, the corsage demi-decolletée, and fitting tight to the bust. Long full sleeves, with three bouillons at top. Collar of guipure, white hat of crape bouillonné, with a bunch of drooping feathers at the side; white kid gloves.

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Current affairs

Victoria marries her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; he is given the title of Prince Consort.
The Penny Black stamp is introduced by Rowland Hill; the first pre-paid, self-adhesive stamp, it marks the start of the modern postal system.
The start of the Irish potato famine, which by the time of its peak in 1851, had caused the deaths of one million, and contributed to the sharp rise of emigration from Ireland to England and America.

Art and science

Beau Brummel, the fashion leader responsible for sparking the culture of 'Dandyism', dies of syphilis.
The first stone is laid on the new Houses of Parliament, based on the gothic designs by the architects Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin. The old buildings had burned down in 1834, following a blaze caused by burning wooden tallies used by the Exchequer to calculate tax.

International

The Afghans surrender to Britain during the Afghan-British war (1839-42). The war was sparked by British fear over Russian influence in Afghanistan, with the British East India Company resolving to depose the Afghan leader, Dost Muhammad, who was insistent on Afghan independence, and restore the former leader Shoja Shah.
The Maoris yield sovereignty of New Zealand under the Treaty of Waitangi.

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