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'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 1/2 in. x 4 5/8 in. (189 mm x 119 mm) paper size
Acquired, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47932

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Described in the magazine:
No. I. - Poult de soie robe, the colour is a yellow shade of fawn, the corsage partially high behind, open and laced in front, displays a cambric chemisette made high, and ornamented with embroidered entre deux between full bands of cambric. Long hanging sleeve over a demi-large one of cambric, the former descends as low as the hand at the back, but is sloped in front in the form of a V, and is edged, as are also the sides of the front of the corsage, with passementerie. Rice straw chapeau, a moderately open brim, turned up in a soft roll, and bordered with blue and white ribbon; two round feathers shaded to correspond, decorate the exterior. Manteau à la Marie Antoinette of black filet de soie, trimmed with black lace. Neck knot of blue and white ribbon.
No. II. - Robe of soie caméléon, the corsage high, very open at the top, and partially so towards the waist, where it is laced. Long tight sleeve. The skirt is trimmed with two flounces. Cambric chemisette disposed in longitudinal plaits, with a collar of two falls; the collar and fronts of the chemisette are trimmed with Valenciennes lace. Capote of pink crape bouillonnée, a round close shape, the interior and exterior trimmed with ribbon to correspond. Pardessus of tarlatane, of a new form, for which we refer to our print; it hangs full round the figure, is made with long and moderately wide sleeves, they are bordered, as is also the round of the envelope, with a trimming à la vielle.

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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'.

Art and science

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.

International

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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