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Ball dress and evening dress, February 1847

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Ball dress and evening dress, February 1847

by Sangar, published by Elizabeth Henderson, published in The Ladies' Cabinet of Fashion, Music and Romance
hand-coloured etching, published February 1847
7 3/4 in. x 4 7/8 in. (198 mm x 123 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47970

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Described in the magazine:
No. 1. Ball Dress. Pink crape robe over a satin one. It is considerably shorter than the satin dress; the corsage, deeply pointed, and draped à la grecque, is ornamented with a breast knot en papillon of pink ribbon. Demi-mameluke sleeve looped to the shoulder over a short satin one by a similar knot . The skirt is trimmed on each side with three bands of ribbon, each furnished with knots. Fancy coiffure, composed of passementerie, and ornamented with roses.
No. 2. Evening Dress. Green satin robe; the corsage, round at top and deeply pointed, is trimmed with a berthe of green blonde lace; there are two falls, each ornamented with a knot of ribbon. Short full sleeve, looped high under the lace. The skirt is trimmed with three blonde flounces; they are very deep, and the pattern extremely rich; they are looped at each side by knots of ribbon, with long floating ends. The head-dress is a kind[?] of cap, composed of blonde lace; it has no caul, and is profusely trimmed with flowers, foliage, and ruby velvet ribbon.

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The 10 Hours Factory Act passed, regulating working hours for women and children under the age of eighteen to a maximum of ten hours a day.
The Communist League is founded in London, and drew up a set of rules and aims, including overthrowing the bourgeoisie and empowering the Proleteriat, and ending class division, forming the basis of Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto (1848).}
Death and emigration resulting from starvation, plague and disease during worst year of the Great Famine in Ireland, known as Black 47.

Art and science

A good year for novels: Emily Bronte's passionate, rebellious and gothic Wuthering Heightsis published, followed shortly by her sister Charlotte's 'Jane Eyre, a story of a governess's struggle for liberty from social and gender constrictions. Drawing on a similar vein of revolution and rebellious women, William Thackeray's satirical novel Vanity Fair is serialised.

International


The Don Pacifico affair sparks an international incident, when the Jewish trader's business was burned in an anti-semitic attack in Athens. When the Greek government refused to compensate him, Gibraltar-born Pacifico appealed to the British government. Foreign Minister Palmerston sent a squadron into the Aegean in 1850 to seize goods of the equivalent value, leading to strained relations with Turkey and Russia, and heated debates in Parliament.

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