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Ball and dinner dresses, September 1840

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Ball and dinner dresses, September 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 September 1840
8 1/8 in. x 5 3/4 in. (206 mm x 145 mm) paper size
Acquired, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47863

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The plate was originally published in Paris in 'Le Follet' on 1 September. Described in the Court Magazine:
White satin corsage and short tight sleeves, the corsage made à pointe to fit the bust as neatly as possible, with a blonde Berthe round the bosom and the sleeves finished with blonde engageantes. The skirt is of rich blonde worn over white satin, with a deep blonde flounce headed by a bouillon; two long ends of pink satin ribbon fastened at the very point of the corsage, are carried down to the heading of the flounce in the form of a V reversed where they are finished at each side by a bouquet consisting of one large full blown rose in the centre surrounded by small roses and buds, these ribbons are formed into small bows, at half their length, a liseré goes round the waist instead of a ceinture. A full blown rose surrounded by buds is placed in the centre of the berthe, and a little wreath of small roses runs up the front of the corsage as if forming a stalk to it; the tops of the white kid gloves are also trimmed with roses, and one on each sleeve loops up the engageantes (ruffles) at the inner part of the arm. Hair in smooth bands, the ends braided and turned up, the flowers placed quite low at the sides of the head, concealing the ears totally. Antique feather fan, with a small mirror set in the centre; white silk stockings, and satin shoes.
Sitting Figure - The dress of blue satin with a deep flounce of white blonde with a heading, the make of the dress is precisely that of the one just described. Coiffure similar to that of the other figure, the back braids twisted into a double figure of 8. White kid gloves, the tops trimmed with wreaths of small roses; large fan.

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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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