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'Morning visiting dress and demi toilet', August 1844

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'Morning visiting dress and demi toilet', 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 3/4 in. (190 mm x 120 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47931

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The plate was described in the September issue of the magazine:
Morning Visiting Dress. Pink barage robe, the corsage, high at the back, with a lappel opening very much upon the bosom, displays an embroidered cambric chemisette, made quite up to the throat; the lappel is bordered with a ribbon trimming à la vielle. Long tight sleeve, ornamented at top and bottom with a similar trimming. Two rows of this garniture, with fancy silk buttons between, decorates the front of the skirt. Rice-straw chapeau, a small, round, and close shape, trimmed with white ribbon, and a long white ostrich feather.
Demi-Toilet. Light blue poult de soie robe; the corsage not quite half high, is round at top, and a little pointed at bottom; it is made with a heart lappel, the centre and sides of which are ornamented with fancy silk trimming. Demi-long sleeve, with a garniture en suite. The skirt is trimmed with two flounces, each bordered with fancy silk trimming. Head-dress of hair decorated with an intermixture of lace and ribbon.

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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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