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Morning concert dresses, April 1842

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- subject matching 'Fashion Plates: Fabrics - Sarsnet; sarcenet'

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Morning concert dresses, April 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 April 1842
8 1/8 in. x 6 in. (205 mm x 151 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47893

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Described in the magazine:
Dress of a beautiful shade of pearl-grey satin, lined with yellow sarsnet. The dress is made en redingotte, high in the neck. The corsage fits tight to the bust, the centre of the front being à coulisses from top to bottom. Small gigot sleeves, with four tucks at top, and only confined by a piping at the wrist, instead of a band. The skirt opens at the side. Drawn capotte of pale yellow satin. Being a dress capotte, it is exceedingly small; the front cut so much away at top, that the front hair comes beyond it. A voilette of point d'Angleterre is affixed to the outside of the front, and inside the edge is a ruche of tulle illusion. Lace collar and ruffles; hair in bandeaux; yellow gloves; bouquet.
Second Figure - Dress of nut-brown satin; low corsage; long sleeves. Drawn capotte of white satin, ornamented with blue flowers; voilette of point d'Ingleterre. Rich white satin shawl, splendidly embroidered in coloured silks, a beautiful deep border of natural flowers all round, and a large bouquet at each corner, a superb fringe goes all round; white kid gloves.

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Current affairs

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'.

International

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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