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Walking and carriage costume, August 1840

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Walking and carriage costume, August 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 August 1840
8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (204 mm x 148 mm) paper size
Acquired, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47866

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The plate was originally published in Paris in 'Le Follet' on 27 July. Described in the Court Magazine:
1st. Figure - Redingotte garnie, of mauve colour striped silk; the corsage à pointe en coeur. The sleeves are long and full, plaited down at the shoulder, and confined by a honillon of the same, the remainder full to the wrist, but it will be perceived they are by no means immoderately large. The poignet is deep, and entirely covered by an embroidered cambric cuff. A row of silk buttons precisely of the colour of the dress goes down the front of the corsage and is continued down the skirt, which is likewise ornamented with two flowers, beginning at each side of the point of the corsage and going down the fronts, being rounded at the corners and continued round the back of the skirt; it will also be remarked, that the flounces begin as narrow as possible at the waist, and increase gradually in width until they become very deep after the turning below. The white embroidered pelerine is very small, rounded at back, and the two small points cross in front (much higher up than the waist): between the pelerine and collar is a paille ribbon, finishing by a bow in front. A little bit of the embroidered chemisette is visible at the opening of the corsage. Dress Hat of paille de riz, with a fall of very deep blonde, forming the demi voile. A couronne or wreath of roses goes round the crown of the hat, and the brides or strings are of straw colour ribbon to match that on the neck. The hair is brought low at the sides, formed into broad braids, and turned up (à la Clotilde); a rose is placed under the bonnet at each temple, but as our readers may perceive, is wholly unaccompanied by any blonde or lace border. Straw colour kid gloves, cambric embroidered handkerchief, black varnished shoes, ribbed silk stockings, very small ombrelle à manche brisée.
2nd. Figure - Half high dress of white muslin corsage plissé à la greque; sleeves precisely the same as those on the other figure; pelerine trimmed all round with two rows of lace, two deep flounces on the skirt, both edged with narrow lace; capotte of white poux de soie, trimmed with bows of pink ribbon, and a half wreath of roses; straw colour 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.


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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