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Dinner dress and home morning dress, March 1842

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Dinner dress and home morning dress, March 1842

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 March 1842
8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (202 mm x 150 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47891

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Described in the magazine:
Standing figure - Dress of black crape worn over black satin. Corsage low in the neck, à pointe, and with draperies cut in the corsage. It has a seam down the centre of the front, and fits quite tight with the exception of the drapery. The sleeves are remarkably short, and perfectly tight to the arm, with rosettes or choux of black crape on the outside of the arm. The skirt has four very deep tucks, including the hem. Fanchon (or half cap) of point d' Angleterre, and ornamented with pink satin ribbon. On the right side is a choux or rosette, with two long ends of ribbon falling on the neck, and at the other side a rose, with a delicate bouquet of pink flowers. The back hair, which is visible with this very becoming Fanchon, must, of course, be dressed. The front hair is in smooth bands, a style of coiffure which suits it quite as well as ringlets. The scarf is of crimson velvet, with a stamped border; it is lined with pink satin. Black satin shoes, brooch, white kid gloves, with gold bracelets over the gloves, bouquet.
Morning Dress - Dress of striped Pékin. Low corsage, with a slight point, the front with a seam down the centre, and cut de biais on the cross way of the material. Tight sleeves, and perfectly plain, finished at the wrists with deep lace ruffles falling over the hands. The skirt of the dress which opens in front, has a revers beginning narrow at the waist, and increasing gradually in width as it goes down. It is fastened with rosettes or choux of blue satin placed at short distances from each other. Pelerine and cap of point d'Angleterre. The cap is ornamented with blue ribbons, and a yellow rose placed on the left side. The lappets, our readers will perceive, are very broad, but by no means long. The hair is in smooth bands. Black satin shoes.

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Edwin Chadwick publishes his damning report, Sanitary Conditions of the Labouring Poor, which details the shocking living conditions of the urban poor and prompts government to take a new interest in public health issues.
A year-long depression and the rejection of the Chartist petition leads to riots, with workers striking in the Midlands, Lancashire, Yorkshire, and parts of Scotland.

Art and science

Mudie's Lending Library opens, becoming one of the largest circulating libraries in the period. Made popular by the otherwise high cost of books, it exerts a great influence over literature; both by maintaining the more costly 'three decker' novel structure, and acting as moral censor.
Richard Owen, the English biologist, comparative anatomist and palaeontologist, coins the term 'dinosaur', combining the Greek words for 'formidable' and 'reptile'.


Treaty of Nanjing, which allows China to trade with Britain and lends Hong Kong to the British crown for 150 years. In Afghanistan, the Anglo-Afghan war ends as the British abandon Kabul, withdrawing to India and losing most of their garrison force in the operation with only one member, Dr William Brydon, surviving.

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