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Carriage dresses, June 1847

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Carriage dresses, June 1847

by Sangar, published by Elizabeth Henderson, published in The Ladies' Cabinet of Fashion, Music and Romance
hand-coloured etching, published June 1847
7 3/4 in. x 5 in. (198 mm x 127 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1930
Reference Collection
NPG D47967

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No. 19. Carriage Dress. Light blue barege robe. The corsage a three-quarter height, and demi-large sleeve. Pardessus of fawn-coloured taffeta; it is a demi-mantle, close fitting at top, a half length; there are three falls very richly embroidered, as is also the corsage part; the latter is worked en revers. Fancy straw chapeau, a small round shape, trimmed with roses and striped ribbon.
No. 20. Carriage Dress. Pink poult de soie robe. A high close corsage, adorned in the Hessian style, with silk buttons and braiding; long tight sleeve, decorated en suite. The skirt is trimmed with three flounces cut in deep scallops, lightly festooned, and edged with fancy trimming. Green taffeta manteau à la Reine, made very long, and trimmed with two falls of black point d'Espagne, which nearly covers it from the waist to the bottom. Rice straw chapeau, trimmed with roses and white 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.

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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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