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Carriage costume and walking dress, October 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 October 1841
8 1/4 in. x 5 3/4 in. (208 mm x 147 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47883

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Described in the magazine:
1st Figure - Dress of India muslin. The corsage is made à pièce with a piece put in at top, as in the peignoirs divided by an entre deux, insertion, from the lower part of the corsage. The gathers both at back and front are confined to the centre, and the waist is exceedingly long. The sleeves have five rows of gathering at top, the remainder is tolerably full; they are also gathered in two places at the wrist, and are finished by narrow lace frills falling over the hand. The skirt has much the appearance of a tunic, a broad flat hem goes down the fronts, and round the bottom where it is twice the depth of that down the fronts. Three rows of lace, tulle, or insertion are let in all round the dress; a glance at the plate will suffice to make it understood that they go down the front as well as round the bottom. Inside these rows of insertion is a rich border marked all round the dress. The ceinture is à pointe and of the muslin of the dress; it has a stiff lining, and fastens with a small bow at back. Drawn capotte of blue poux de soie. It is exceedingly small, coming scarcely over the face but it is very long at the sides, and the strings are on the inside. The flowers both underneath the front, and outside, are blue, they are placed very low down. The inside of the capotte has likewise a ruche of tulle illusion. The scarf is of blue silk, fringed and embroidered with the same colour. Pale straw-colour gloves, black shoes of satin royal, very small parasol, fringed at the edge, hair in bands, divided in a point in front.
Second figure - Dress of striped armure: The corsage is low. Sleeves rather full, the skirt is ornamented with two deep tucks, cut on the cross way (en biais) and placed at a little distance from each other. Drawn capotte of pale yellow crape, with a bunch of yellow flowers, placed low at the left side. The canezou is of Tarlatane à coulisses, with drawings. It is low in the neck and has a double fall of lace round the neck; and three falls forming epaulettes over the shoulders. The scarf is of gauze, fringed at the ends. White kid gloves, plain, narrow cambric cuffs.

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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.

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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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