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'Demi-toilet and public promenade dresses', October 1844

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'Demi-toilet and public promenade dresses', October 1844

published by George Henderson, published in The Ladies' Cabinet of Fashion, Music and Romance
hand-coloured etching, published October 1844
7 5/8 in. x 4 3/4 in. (193 mm x 121 mm) paper size
Acquired, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47937

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Described in the magazine:
Demi Toilet. Blue berège robe, the corsage high at the back, and crossing on the bosom, is ornamented with a lappel bordered with fancy silk trimming. Short tight sleeves decorated en suite. A profusion of tucks, rising very high, adorn the skirt; they are edged with fancy silk trimming. Ceinture of blue quadrilled ribbon, disposed in a rosette at the back, and with long floating ends. Head dress of hair.
Public Promenade Dress. India muslin pelisse robe; a high corsage pointed at the bottom; it is embroidered in feather-stitch, and the centre marked by white buttons, which also extend down the skirt; the latter is trimmed with two richly embroidered flounces; short sleeves trimmed with embroidered ruffles. Rice-straw chapeau - a round open shape; the interior is decorated with coques and brides of pink ribbon; the exterior is profusely adorned with ribbon and a pink ostrich feather. Black lace mantelet.

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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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