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Carriage costume, March 1841

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Carriage costume, March 1841

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 March 1841
7 7/8 in. x 5 3/4 in. (200 mm x 147 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47874

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Described in Le Follet, Courrier des Salons, Journal des Modes, Court Magazine and Museum on 1 March:
Dress of pearl grey poux de soie, corsage demi-décolleté (half high). The back is nearly tight with a few gathers at the waist, the front made to cross quite over to the left side, and the corsage rounded at the bottom of the waist, where it is considerably longer than at the back or sides. Sleeves gathered in three places at top, nearly tight to the lower arm the remainder very full. The skirt of the dress is ornamented with a new and novel kind of garniture or florence, being in deep but narrow festoons, each divided at top by a bow of ribbon, consisting of four coques (bows) and two ends. Hat of pink velours épinglé, the front small but low at the sides of the face. It is lined with white satin and has a ruche of tulle illusion round the inner edge (see plate) the front of the bonnet goes very far back and has a small puffed crown, ornamented with bows of satin ribbon. A quilling of the same goes across the front of the bonnet and is carried across the bavolet at back. Hair in ringlets, lace frill turned over the neck of the corsage, and fastened with a brooch - cambric cuffs, and handkerchief, yellow kid gloves black brodequins.
2nd figure - Hat of paille velours épinglé, with a green willow drooping to the side, thanve[?] color armure dress white embroidered shawl with a mixed silk fringe (see plate) lace frill, yellow gloves.

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Sir Robert Peel's second term as Prime Minister. Peel replaces the Whig Prime Minister Lord Melbourne after a Conservative general election victory. The English comic periodical Punch is first published, under the auspices of engraver Ebenezer Landells and writer Henry Mayhew, and quickly establishes itself as a radical commentary on the arts, politics and current affairs, notable for its heavily satirised cartoons.

Art and science

Thomas Carlyle publishes his set of lectures On Heroes and Hero Worship, in which he attempts to connect past heroic figures to significant figures form the present.
William Henry Fox Talbot invents the calotype process, in which photographs were developed from negatives. This allowed for multiple copies of images to be made, and was the basis of modern, pre-digital, photographic processing.

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Signing of the Straits Convention, an international agreement between Britain, France, Prussia, Austria, Russia and Turkey, denying access to non-Ottoman warships through the seas connecting the Mediterranean and the Black Seas, a major concession by Russia. Whilst signalling a spirit of co-operation, the convention emphasises the decline of the Ottoman Empire.

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