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'Ball and evening dresses', August 1844

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'Ball and evening dresses', August 1844

published by George Henderson, published in The Ladies' Cabinet of Fashion, Music and Romance
hand-coloured etching, published August 1844
7 1/2 in. x 4 5/8 in. (192 mm x 118 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47921

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The plate was described in the September issue of the magazine:
Ball Dress. Robe of Indian organdy, of the most transparent kind, over white gros de Naples; the corsage made low and round, is trimmed à l'enfant, with a fall of point d'Angleterre; short sleeve, tight at the upper part, but descending in a full biais fall nearly to the elbow. The skirt is trimmed with two excessively deep biais. A ceinture, with long floating ends, and a bouquet of roses in the centre of the corsage, completes the garniture of the robe. The hair is arranged in long loose ringlets at the sides, and a knot, round which a platted braid is turned at the back of the head. A bouquet of roses, without foliage, is placed on one side. Gauze scarf.
Evening Dress. Pink tarlatane robe, a low corsage, nearly covered by a triple fall of lace. Short tight sleeve. The skirt, embroidered in colonettes and festoons, is trimmed with two embroidered flounces. The hair is braided in front, and arranged at the back in a similar style to the ball dress.

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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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