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Dancing costumes, January 1843

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Dancing costumes, January 1843

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 January 1843
8 1/4 in. x 5 5/8 in. (209 mm x 144 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47914

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Described in Le Follet, Courrier des Salons, Journal des Modes, Court Magazine and Museum on 1 January:
First figure. Dress of yellow satin, corsage low in the neck and very low in the back; the sleeves are perfectly plain and conveniently short, that is most elegant and distingué. A very pretty camail for wearing at the Opera or over a ball-dress: it is made of rosy satin and richly garnished with swansdown. Turban of lilac cashmere with white barbes very full and deep at the sides, the most elegant model that has appeared. Turbans will be worn this winter.
Second figure. Dress of white satin with a double volant of angleterre, corsage very low, sleeves very plain. Chapeau Dubarry, pret tie-t[?] fantaisie of black velvet, garnished underneath with the most fashionable feathers and roses.

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Sir Henry Cole commissions 1,000 copies of the first Christmas card, designed by John Callcott Horsley. Cole would later be instrumental in staging the Great Exhibition, and in developing science and art education in Britain.
Nelson's statue, by E.H. Bailey, is placed on top of its column in Trafalgar Square.

Art and science

The Theatre Regulations Act is passed, abolishing the privileged position of the 'major' theatres which held letters patent from the crown, allowing all theatres to perform 'legitimate' theatre.
First volume of Ruskin's Modern Painters published, praising Turner and demanding that artists should demonstrate 'truth to nature' in their work. Ruskin is a great inspiration to the Pre-Raphaelites.

International

The first experimental telegraph wire is constructed between Baltimore and Washington, using Morse code to send a message. The code, in which pulses of current deflect an electromagnet, moving a marker and producing written codes on a strip of paper, had been invented by Samuel Morse in 1838. The line officially opens in 1844.

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