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Dinner dresses, home morning dress and evening full dress, August 1841

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Dinner dresses, home morning dress and evening full dress, August 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 August 1841
8 1/8 in. x 5 3/4 in. (206 mm x 147 mm) paper size
Acquired, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47880

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Described in the magazine:
Bust No. 1 - Dinner dress, cape formed of a half square of blonde with lappets cut to the cape, nothing but the back point of the half square being cut off, the fulness forms the border of itself. Any lady, clever at her scissars, will readily enter into the meaning, especially as the cape on the bust No. 2. gives its front. A wreath of roses goes along the front, where the border is set into tuyauté plaits. The wreath is continued across the back and finishes at each side of the face with a full bunch of roses. The hair is in smooth bands. The dress of light drab, has a low tight corsage, long sleeves, quite tight and plain, and with two seams. The Berthe consists of two falls of lace. White blonde or gauze scarf, white kid gloves.
Bust No. 2 - Home morning dress, cape the same as the one just described. Hair in long thick ringlets. Dress of blue Barège. Long sleeves, plain at the top of the shoulder, the remainder full to the wrist, with a puffing or bouillon, between the plain shoulder and the full part of the sleeve. Canezou of India muslin embroidered and trimmed all round, with a plaited frill. This canezou reaches to the waist both back and front. It has a falling collar and turned back en revers and cut into three pointed lappels: a glance at the plate will suffice to make this perfectly intelligible. Ruffles falling over the hands to match the trimming on the canezou. White kid gloves, bouquets of violets.
Bust No. 3 - Evening full dress. This very new and elegant cape is made of blonde. The border is extremely deep and perfectly plain at top, where it is turned back quite flat, the long ears are a continuation of the same border, turned up at back the deep piece that goes beneath the border, in front, is the cawl of the cap, which is embroidered all round, and is left loose, so that the dressing of the back hair is visible underneath. Had we not required to see this cap for our description, we should not have been enabled to describe it so minutely. A twisted blue ribbon goes along the edge of the cap over the brow; and a puffing of the same crosses the cawl piece at back. A small bunch of roses is placed just below the ear, and close to the face at each side. The front hair is in bands, the back falls in thick ringlets over the neck. White satin dress. Corsage à pointe, with three seams in front. Tight short sleeve with three frills of lace or blonde. Berthe of blonde, a deep collerette with a falling collar trimmed with blonde is worn inside the dress. A blue ribbon goes underneath and finishes in front by a bow. White kid gloves, with pearl bracelets worn above them on the arm.
Bust No. 4. - Dinner dress. Blonde cap with pink flowers similar to that on No. 3.,dress of pink poux de soire glacé de blanc, (shot with white) tight corsage without a point. Sleeves, very short in three bouillons or puffings, and edged at bottom with a narrow blonde. Pelerine of blonde with a frill of the same, and an entre deux (insertion) to match. This pelerine would be exceedingly pretty made in clear muslin, trimmed round with lace, or an embroidered frill and with an entre deux insertion to match. Front hair in one rolled curl at each side of the face, and a few ringlets falling over the neck at back. Gauze scarf. White kid gloves, fan.
No. 5 - Dinner dress.
No. 6 - Is a lace canezou.
Bust 7 - Dinner dress, or, with the addition of a scarf, carriage costume.

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Current affairs

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.


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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