Walking dresses, June 1841
Walking dresses, June 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 June 1841
8 1/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (205 mm x 150 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Artistsback to top
- The Court Magazine and Monthly Critic and Lady's Magazine and Museum (1837-1847), Magazine. Artist associated with 103 portraits.
- Dobbs & Co (active circa 1826-1840), Publishers. Artist associated with 94 portraits.
- Le Follet, Courrier des Salons, Journal des Modes (1829-1892), French magazine. Artist associated with 89 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Described in Le Follet, Courrier des Salons, Journal des Modes, Court Magazine and Museum on 1 June:
Drawn capotte of white crape, ornamented with blonde and a bunch of marabouts consisting of seven feathers, placed in a drooping position low at the side. The bonnet, it will be perceived, sits very much off the face, but descends low at the sides, one being rounded, the other left pointed. The dress is of nankeen colour poux de soie, the corsage à pointe, but rounded off and plain with the exception of a few gathers at the front of the shoulder, it has one seam down the centre of the front, the back where it fastens is tight, and it is sloped off at the bosom en coeur. The skirt is ornamented with two rows of very deep black lace, put on as flounces, but without the slightest fulness whatsoever. Black lace scarf lined with black Florence, and trimmed all round with black lace. Hair in one large ringlet at each side, the bosom of the dress trimmed with a very narrow lace, embroidered cuffs, while gloves, puce colour brodequins.
2nd figure. Drawn capotte of mauve colour poux de soie, shot with white, this bonnet is hardly transparent, the spaces between each drawing, being white lace, the front is also edged with the same, and a fall put on with fulness goes round the top of the crown. The bows of ribbon are placed very low at the left side. Dress of drab colour taffetas d'ltalie. Corsage three quarters high and quite tight, fastening at back. Sleeves plain and tight, but with only one seam. The front of the skirt of the dress is ornamented en tablier with falls of black lace put on. To the lower side of narrow bands of the material of the dress, edged all round with a satin liseré or piping, increasing gradually in length as they go down and fastened on to the dress with jet buttons. Our readers will comprehend our meaning better by a simple glance at the plate than by the most elaborate description we could give of this trimming. The habit shirt is of a new pattern called the col chevalière. The front of the shirt has a few gathers, and the collar, a half standing one, like that of a boy's shirt, with the corners rounded, is embroidered, and trimmed with a very narrow Valenciennes which is continued down the front. It is fastened with three buttons or studs. Guipure cuffs, white kid gloves, cambric handkerchief, puce colour half boots.
Subjects & Themesback to top
- Fashion Plates: Accessories - Handkerchiefs
- Fashion Plates: Accessories - Scarves
- Fashion Plates: Activities and occasions - Promenade dress; walking dress; Modes de Longchamps; toilette de ville
- Fashion Plates: Bodices - Bodices en coeur
- Fashion Plates: Bodices - Corsages à pointe
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Crape; Crêpe
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Florence
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Poux-de-soie; poult-de-soie
- Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Taffeta; taffety
- Fashion Plates: Footwear - Brodequins
- Fashion Plates: Footwear - Half boots
- Fashion Plates: Headwear - Capotes
- Fashion Plates: Headwear - Drawn bonnets
- Fashion Plates: Influences - French fashions
- Fashion Plates: Lace - Blonde; blond
- Fashion Plates: Trimmings and ornamentation - En tablier
- Fashion Plates: Trimmings and ornamentation - Marabout; marabou feathers; willow plumes
- Fashion Plates: Undergarments - Cols chevalière
Events of 1841back to top
Current affairsSir 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 scienceThomas 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.
InternationalSigning 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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