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Morning home costume, May 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 May 1843
7 5/8 in. x 5 3/4 in. (194 mm x 145 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47919

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Described in the magazine:
1st Figure. Dress of light green pékin, checked with brown, and a darker shade of green. The skirt is long and very full, and set on in gathers round the waist. The corsage is à la vierge, of a three-quarter height, and made full. A piping of the silk confines it round the neck, where a lace chemisette peeps up all round. The sleeves are tight to the arm, but made with one seam only, and are finished at the top by an epaulette with two folds of the material of the dress. Cuffs of lace are turned up over the wrist. The front hair is in smooth bands, and a sort of cap, or fanchon, of lace, with a rosette formed of artificial roses, to confine it at each ear, conceals the back of the head, and gives an air of extreme simplicity to the costume. Black kid shoes.
The second figure is attired in a peignoir of thin muslin, worn over a primrose-colour under-dress. The skirt, as usual, is long and full, and opens in front, where it is trimmed with a row of entre deux (insertion), edged at each side with Valenciennes. The corsage is tight to the figure, very long in the waist, and trimmed down the centre to match the skirt. A small cape of muslin is also edged with lace, and a collar entirely of the latter finishes the dress at the neck. The sleeves are small, cut considerably longer than the arm, and gathered into the proper length at the seam, which is inside the arm. An epaulette trimmed with a double row of Valenciennes takes off from the length of the arm. A ruffle of the same lace falls over the hand. A ribbon glacé primrose and white is put round the waist in front, crossed behind and tied at the left side in a small bow with two long ends. The hair is worn in one long ringlet in front, and a simple cap of Valenciennes placed carelessly on the back of the head. This is trimmed with three flat bows and long ends, one on the summit, and one placed over each ear. White cachemire slippers and pale lilac gloves complete this dress.

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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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