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'Walking dresses', November 1844

published by George Henderson, published in The Ladies' Cabinet of Fashion, Music and Romance
hand-coloured etching, published November 1844
7 5/8 in. x 4 5/8 in. (193 mm x 119 mm) paper size
Acquired, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47934

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Described in the magazine:
First Figure. Robe of dark brown satin de laine, a high corsage pointed at bottom, moderately open on the bosom, and trimmed with a velvet collar and lappels of a darker shade. Manche à la Marie de Medicis, tight to the elbow, slashes from thence to the middle of the fore arm, and open and rounded at the bottom. Under sleeve of embroidered cambric, loose and trimmed with lace at the hand. The skirt is trimmed with three very deep brown velvet tucks. Green satin drawn bonnet, lined with white satin; the interior of the brim ornamented with pinses of white ribbon; the exterior trimmed with a wreath of green ribbon, and a green willow plume.
Second Figure. Robe of plumb coloured satin moiree, and high corsage tight to the shape, and sleeve a three-quarter length over one of muslin bouillonné. The skirt is trimmed with three narrow velvet bands, surmounting a very deep black lace flounce. The bonnet of straw coloured velours épinglé presents an open view of the one just described. Mantelet of black filet de soie.

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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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