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Carriage costume and visiting dress, October 1841

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Carriage costume and visiting 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 D47885

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Described in the magazine:
Redingotte of apple-green velvet. The corsage is three quarters high, and sloped down in front en coeur. It is tight to the shape, with a little fulness at the waist, both at front and back. The sleeves, as well as the trimming, are of a novel form. There are three bouillons or puffings at top, the sleeve is then loose as far as the elbow, whence to the wrist it is tight to the arm, the fulness being divided into about five flat plates which are firmly stitched down from top to bottom, exactly at the bend of the arm; and dividing the full from the plain part of the sleeve, is a narrow band, to which is a full deep frill of black lace, falling over the lower arm, and having rather the appearance of a full sleeve over a tight one. This sleeve will no doubt become general. The trimming down the front of the dress is en tablier, a row of tortoise shell buttons, increasing in size as they descend down the front of the skirt; and at each side is a double ruche découpee, put on in a zig-zag pattern. The hat is of white velours épinglé. It is worn much off the face, being a full dress hat, two long ostrich feathers droop gracefully at one side. The inner part of the front is ornamented with full blown roses. The hair is divided in a point in front, and much parted; the ringlets fall very low at the sides of the face. A very deep fall of lace goes round the neck of the redingotte. The cuffs are of cambric, white kid gloves, black kid shoes, pink ombrelle.
2nd Figure - Dress of rich shot silk, blue shot with pink. The corsage is low à la Sévigné. The folds of the draperies being very broad and flat, they go from the centre of the front to the centre of the back, over the shoulder, where it will be seen; they are not confined by a band or poignet. It has a slight point in front, that is to say, it is rounded and comes much longer in front, and is without a ceinture. The sleeves are quite tight to the arm, and have two tucks, headed with a silk cord, and finished by four silk frogs, put on at top. The skirt has two immensely deep flounces; the upper one covers the lower one a little way, and is much narrower than the latter, it is put on considerably above the knees; the flounces are edged with a liseré. The hat is of pea-green velours épinglé. It has a full bunch of marabouts at one side, and a voilette of point d'Angleterre. The hair is in thick braids at the sides of the face. A deep fall of lace goes round the bosom of the dress. White kid gloves, embroidered handkerchief, lace ruffles.

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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.

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.

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