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Dinner dresses, July 1842

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Dinner dresses, July 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 July 1842
8 1/4 in. x 5 3/4 in. (211 mm x 145 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47898

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Described in the magazine:
Dress of barège of a light shade of green; the skirt long and full, so as to set in ample folds round the figure. The corsage is tight to the bust, and demi-montant (half high), the sleeves short and tight to the arm. A ceinture of green ribbon, with moderately long ends, finishes the body at the waist. A pelerine in black lace of the cardinal form is worn with this dress, it conceals the sleeves and waist, but only meets at the neck where it is finished by a rosette bow of pink ribbon. The cap, which is composed of point lace, is worn far back on the head, and is trimmed with pink ribbon put on in a zigzag across the head-piece, and terminating at one side by a rosette bow, and on the other by three coques. Black lace mittens and a claret-colored parasol complete this dress, which is particularly adapted for a home dinner-costume.
Dinner dress. Figure 2 - This dress is composed of a Pékin rayé, of a sort of poussière color, striped with black. The corsage is tight, and the point, which is of a moderate length, is rounded in front. The sleeves are very short and tight to the arm, two bias folds of the same material as the dress ornament them. The skirt is long and very ample, a liseré (piping) of black silk goes round the bottom of it. Berthe of black lace which comes down en coeur in front, where it is attached by a rosette of blue ribbon. Cap of point lace, coming very low at the ears, and trimmed with blue ribbon. Black lace mittens, bouquet, and embroidered pocket handkerchief.

Events of 1842back to top

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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