The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 145,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Walking dresses, June 1841

1 portrait matching these criteria:

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, published June 1841 - NPG D47879 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

  • Larger Image
  • Image zoom
  • Buy a print
  • Use this image
  • ShareShare this

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
Reference Collection
NPG D47879

Artistsback to top

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.

Events of 1841back to top

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.

International

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.

Tell us more back to top

Can you tell us more about this portrait? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. If you wish to license this image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.