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'Morning and carriage dresses', July 1844

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'Morning and carriage 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 3/4 in. (193 mm x 121 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47933

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The plate was described in the August issue of the magazine:
Morning Dress. Robe-peignoir of green gros de Naples, the corsage made quite high and full, and sleeve a three-quarter length, easy at the upper part, but very wide at the bottom; the corsage is trimmed at the top with muslin bouillonné, through which pink ribbon is passed; a full fall of Valenciennes lace is attached to the bouillonné, and a double row of lace goes down the fronts of the corsage and the skirt; a row of lace and bouillonné is disposed en mancheron on the upper part of the sleeve, and the bottom is trimmed en suite, but in both green ribbon is passed through the fulness; a green sash tied in front in long floating ends completes the ornaments of the dress. Tulle cap, a melon caul; the head-piece is trimmed with three rows of lace, a band and knot of pink ribbon on the caul, and a knot with a cluster of floating ends on one side of the head-piece forms the garniture of the cap.
Carriage Dress. Robe of light poussiere gros de Naples, the corsage partially high at the back, but very open on the bosom, displaying a high cambric chemisette; is laced with lilac silk cord, and trimmed with a heart pelerine descending in a deep point, and bordered with lilac passementerie. The skirt is trimmed with two very deep tucks, each braided with a similar band. Capote formed of a pink gros de Naples crown, and an Italian straw brim; it is lined with pink gros de Naples, and the interior trimmed with noeuds and brides en suite; the bavolet corresponds; the exterior is ornamented with a twisted roulieu of pink ribbon and a branch of vine leaves.

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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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