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'Carriage and public promenade dresses', July 1844

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'Carriage and public promenade dresses', July 1844

published by George Henderson, published in The Ladies' Cabinet of Fashion, Music and Romance
hand-coloured etching, published July 1844
7 5/8 in. x 4 5/8 in. (193 mm x 119 mm) paper size
Acquired, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47925

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Described in the magazine:
Carriage Dress - Pink barege robe, the corsage a three-quarter height the back, but opening en coeur on the bosom, is laced with silk cord across the front, displaying a chemisette à la Vierge of cambric beautifully embroidered round the upper part; the corsage turns over in a shawl lappel, to which a festooned volant is attached; it is deep and moderately full round the back and shoulders, but descends plain and narrow to the waist, and is headed by a row of passementerie. Demi-long sleeve, trimmed with two festooned volants similarly headed. Cambric under sleeve, the fulness confined to the arm by embroidered entre deux. The skirt is trimmed with two deep festooned flounces, the upper one headed by passementerie. White crape chapeau, presenting a front view of the next figure.
Public Promenade Dress - Grey taffetas robe, a half-high corsage, and long tight sleeve. Green scarf; it forms a deep pelerine at the back, and sits close to the upper part of the bust, with a large shawl lappel; the scarf ends long and rather wide, turned over in robings. The entire is bordered with a very rich fringe. White crape chapeau, a round and moderately deep brim, and oval crown, the material is arranged in a novel style of bouillonnée; the garniture is composed of a half wreath of exotics and a knot of ribbon at the back of the exterior, and half wreaths of roses without foliage in the interior of the brim.

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Britain experiences a railway boom. Peel's government passes a series of Acts creating provision of cheap, regular rail services. George Hudson, the first great railway entrepreneur, who controlled over 1,000 miles of railway track and whose enterprises made York a major commercial and transport hub, becomes known as 'the Railway King'.

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Disraeli's Coningsby is published. The first of his 1840s 'Young England' trilogy, it was the cultural manifesto of Disraeli's vision for a new Conservativism.
David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson set up their innovative and pioneering photography studio in Edinburgh, capturing portraits of both Scottish society figures and workers, as well as urban and rural landscape scenes.


Tensions continue to mount in Eastern Europe over Russian imperialist ambitions, as Tsar Nicholas I describes the Ottoman Empire as 'the Sick Man of Europe'.
With the overthrow of the Haitians, the Spanish-speaking portion of the island of Hispaniola gains independence, as the Dominican Republic.

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