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'Public promenade dresses', August 1845

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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.
Ralph Etwall, MP for Andover, demands an inquiry into the administration of the Andover workhouse, which leads to the abolition of the Poor Law Commission, and resolution of Parliament to improve workhouse conditions.

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The American poet, short story writer, critic and leader of the American Romantic movement, Edgar Allan Poe, publishes his narrative poem 'The Raven'. The poem is a supernatural tale of a mysterious talking raven's visit to a distraught lover, who descends into madness, and explores themes of self-torture and obsession.
The reconstruction of Trafalgar Square, by architects John Nash and Sir Charles Barry, is completed.

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Sir John Franklin's expedition in search of the North-West passage, the sea route linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Franklin took two ships, the Erebus and the Terror, and a crew of 129 men made up Royal Navy officers. The crew never returned. Search parties sent out years later discovered the ships had got stuck in frozen waters, and that all the men had died.

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