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Ball dresses, 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 5 1/8 in. (198 mm x 130 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47981

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Described in the magazine:
No. 5. Ball Dress. White satin robe; a low corsage, deeply pointed, and very full trimmed with lace in the stomacher form; short sleeve, covered by falls of lace, looped by roses without foliage. A cluster of the same flowers ornament the centre of the corsage. The skirt is trimmed nearly to the hips with narrow lace flounces, upon which roses are disposed en tablier. Head-dress of hair, decorated with roses.
No. 6. Ball Dress. Blue crape robe over satin to correspond, a low corsage, draped à la grecque, and ornamented with a tuft of blue flowers in the centre of the drapery. Short full sleeve, formed of tulle ruches. Festoons of tulle ruches, the point of each decorated with a tuft of blue flowers, are disposed on each side of the skirt en tablier. Head-dress of hair, decorated with foliage and 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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