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'Public promenade dresses', August 1845

published by George Henderson, published in The Ladies' Cabinet of Fashion, Music and Romance
hand-coloured etching, published August 1845
7 5/8 in. x 4 5/8 in. (193 mm x 118 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47959

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Described in the magazine:
Paris Promenade Dresses. No. 1. Azure blue striped foulard robe, a high corsage, opening en V on the bosom, and trimmed with a revers covered with a novel kind of passementerie. Very short sleeves, finished at the bottom with two folds; long muslin sleeve, demi-long to the elbow, and from thence arranged in four rows of bouillonné; the skirt is trimmed with two bias flounces, the upper one terminated by blue ribbon arranged à la vielle. Black lace chapeau, a very open shape, the interior decorated in a very light style, with pink floating brides and small flowers; the exterior with a full-blown rose, a tuft of foliage and lace drapery. Embroidered chemisette made quite high. A black lace scarf is generally adopted with this dress.
No. 2. Slate-coloured poult de soie robe, the corsage quite high and tight to the shape; long tight sleeve. White crape capote, a dome crown and round brim, upon which the material is fluted; the fulness is confined by green ribbon round the edge, and at the bottom of the crown; long floating brides complete the garniture. Scarf mantelet of Pomona green gros de naples, it is somewhat smaller than the usual size; it is trimmed with volants of the same, that on the upper part forming a revers on the corsage of the robe.

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Cardinal Newman converts to Roman Catholicism. A leader of the Oxford movement , growing in influence since the 1820s, Newman had raised doubts about the authority of the Anglican church.
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