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Public promenade dress, July 1846

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Public promenade dress, July 1846

published by Elizabeth Henderson, published in The Ladies' Cabinet of Fashion, Music and Romance
hand-coloured etching, published July 1846
7 3/4 in. x 4 7/8 in. (198 mm x 124 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47968

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Described in the magazine:
Public Promenade Dress. No. 1. Grey poult de soie robe, corsage Amazone, made quite high and close, with a jacket rounding off from the front, and ornamented with lattens and fancy trimming to correspond. Long tight sleeve; arched mancheron, trimmed with fringe. Four rows of the same kind, but much broader, are disposed in the style of flounces on the skirt; they are arranged in the drapery style, in the centre. Rice straw chapeau; a small round shape, trimmed in a very novel manner with a twisted band, and aigrette formed of ends of yellow ribbon.
Young Gentleman's Promenade Dress. No. 2. Cashmere tunic plaided in two shades of green, made with a deep square cape, trimmed with a green velvet band lappel and robings of the same. A row of green silk buttons completes the trimming. Grey beaver hat, the crown encircled with a long white feather.
Young Lady's Promenade Dress. No. 3. Pink barege frock, striped crosswise; a low body, and short tight sleeves. cambric pantaloons, and high chemisette. Bonnet of rose-noisette poult de soie; a very open shape, trimmed with pink ribbon. Pink taffeta pelerine fichu, bordered with a ruche of tulle. Black lace gloves.

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The Conservative Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel divides his own party by repealing the unpopular Corn Laws, which prohibited the import of cheap grain from overseas, viewed by many as causing the famines in Ireland (which peaked in this year), as well as domestic hardships following a bad harvest. Peel, defeated on a separate issue, resigns. The Whig Earl Russell becomes Prime Minister.

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Ether is used for the first time as anaesthetic in an operation by the dentist William Morton, while surgeon John Collins Warren removes a tumor on a patient's neck.
Edward Lear, the popular humourist and artist, and author of illustrated nonsense verse (including 'The Owl and the Pussycat'), publishes his Book of Nonsense.


The first Anglo-Sikh war ends with the Treaty of Lahore, by which Jammu and Kashmir are ceded to the British. The war had been fought between the Sikh kingdom of the Punjab and the British East India Company, with conflict escalating after internal disorder in the Punjab led the East India Company to increase their military presence on the border.

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