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Carriage and walking costumes, November 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 November 1841
8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (204 mm x 149 mm) paper size
Acquired, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47886

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Described in the magazine:
Hat of a light blue velours épinglé, lined with white velours épinglé. This hat is exceedingly small, but coming lower than usual at the sides. The garniture of ribbon is intermixed with white lace, which gives it an exceedingly light and pretty effect. The strings which are according to the existing mode placed on the inside, are fastened so high up that the sides of the hat do not sit by any means close to the face; a white knotted feather falls low at one side. The dress is of water green poux de soie. The corsage only half high, and sloped down en coeur in front, has a rounded point at the waist, which is exceedingly long; it is without a ceinture. The sleeves are tight, with two seams. The garniture consists of an epaulette of two tucks, cut on the cross way and out of a half handkerchief piece, but put on same way below the shoulder, which is left perfectly plain. Another novel and fashionable passementerie trimming is to be seen on this dress. It consists of little silk cords forming figures of 8 reversed, and finished with three little tassels; two rows forming the V are upon the corsage, and the two down each side of the front of the skirt are as it is called en tablier. Guipure collar and cuffs, brown gloves, hair in long ringlets, purple velvet shawl, embroidered at the corners, wadded, lined with white satin, and trimmed all round with swan's down, black shoes.
2nd. figure - Dress of lilac satin, black velvet scarf trimmed with deep black lace, wadded and lined with yellow satin. Hat of pink velours épinglé, with two knotted feathers drooping very low to the side, white kid gloves, 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.

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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