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Toilette de deuil and toilette de ville, September 1842

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Toilette de deuil and toilette de ville, September 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 September 1842
8 1/4 in. x 5 3/4 in. (208 mm x 147 mm) paper size
Acquired, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47903

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Described in Le Follet, Courrier des Salons, Journal des Modes, Court Magazine and Museum on 1 September:
Toilette de deuil. Robe en barège noir, avec un grand ourlet à la jupe et un pli de même hauteur; corsage plat à trois coutures, à pointe arrondie et lacé dans le dos, petite ruche de barège au bord du corsage; manches plates bordées au poignet d'une ruche formant manchettes; pélerine de dentelle noire décolletée, arrondie dans le dos et finissant, sur le devant, à la pointe du corsage, nœud de ruban noir sur le haut de la pélerine. Robe de dessous en gros de Naples gris faisant transparent. Capote coulissée en gros de Naples gris, ornées à l'intérieur de petites fleurs noires et d'une ruche en tulle posée; sur le bord de la passe, une longue plume grise entoure la forme et retombe sur le côté gauche. Gants de filet noir. Brodequins en poult de soie noir.
Toilette de ville. Robe en cachemire ornée à la jupe de six biais; les trois premiers, posés sur le haut de l'ourlet, sont tenus ensemble de distance en distance par des ganses et des boutons, la hauteur de l'ourlet sépare les trois autres biais, qui se trouvent tenus comme les premiers; corsage demi-montant, drapé dans l'épaulette et dans la couture du milieu du corsage, les fronces qui descendent jusqu'à la pointe se trouvent retenues par quatre rangs de piqûres, le dos plat est lacé; manches justes en biais à une seule couture, le haut de la manche est orné de deux crevés en étoffe pareille. Echarpe en cachemire paille. Capote en poult de soit blanc ornée d'un oiseau de paradis et de noeuds de ruban de taffetas blanc.

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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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