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'Paris fashions for January: The Empress and her ladies' (including Eugénie, Empress of France)

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'Paris fashions for January: The Empress and her ladies' (including Eugénie, Empress of France)

published in Illustrated London News
wood engraving, published 2 January 1869
11 3/8 in. x 16 1/4 in. (289 mm x 414 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1961
Reference Collection
NPG D48034

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Described in the newspaper:
1. Robe of jonquil-coloured satin, the under jupe festooned and bordered with a lace flounce. Over the upper jupe, which, together with the low corsage, is trimmed with white lace, is worn a lace pardessus, ornamented with pale blue satin bows.
2. Princess Ghika - Simple robe of blue tarletan, trimmed with a deep flounce, surmounted by bouillons. Coiffure of blue flowers and green leaves. Large pearl necklace.
3. Duchess de Sesto - Robe of white satin; under jupe of white tulle, trimmed with plissés and bows of white satin, and with garlands of white daisies and green ivy-leaves. The back of the robe, including the long train, is veiled with tulle, and large tulle sleeves fall from the satin sleeves of the corsage, which is elaborately trimmed with daisies, ivy-leaves, and lace. The coiffure is composed of marabout feathers, secured by a pearl and diamond buckle, together with a wreath of daisies. The pearl necklace has a large emerald in the centre.
4. Robe of violet satin, trimmed with a double row of bouillons. Pardessus of darker violet velvet, together with train of striped velvet combining the two shades of violet, trimmed with black lace.
5. Empress Eugénie - Robe of pale salmon-coloured satin, with fluted flounce, trimmed up the skirt with three rows of bouillons of silver-spangled tarletan, Corsage of satin, trimmed with rows of white lace. Tunic of white watered silk bordered with floss-silk fringe. Coiffure composed of a diamond brooch posed in the centre of a blue velvet bow.
6. Princess de Metternich - Black satin robe, trimmed with lace and ornamented with bouquets of carnations and variegated pinks and leaves. Low black satin corsage, trimmed with lace to correspond. Necklace of diamonds.
7. Countess de Pourtalès - Robe likewise of black satin, trimmed with a rich fringe strung with jet ornaments and looped up to form a bouffant behind by a band of blue velvet on which a garland of pink roses is posed. The shoulders are ornamented with bows and roses to match. The train, which is composed of bands of black velvet on satin, is bordered all round with black lace. The gauze under jupe is trimmed with lace and black satin bows relieved with jet. The coiffure consists of a diamond aigrette, together with several diamond stars. Diamond necklace and earrings.
8. Train of rose-coloured gauze over a robe of blue satin. Coiffure, a coronet of daisies.
9. Robe of rose-coloured satin, ornamented with lace flounces. Train of white tulle, trimmed with lace. Blue satin sash, fastening behind with large bow; smaller satin bows fixed on each shoulder. Coiffure of small blue flowers.
10. Robe à traine of tulle over a yellow satin jupe trimmed with flounces at the bottom. Corsage of yellow satin trimmed with tulle. Sash of rose-coloured ribbon. Coiffure composed of a velvet bow of the same colour sparkling with diamonds.

Events of 1869back to top

Current affairs

Gladstone introduces the Irish Church Disestablishment Act, which disestablishes the Church of Ireland, disassociating it from the state and repealing the paying of tithes to the Anglican Church of Ireland.
Girton College is founded in Cambridge by Barbara Bodichon and Emily Davies, the first residential college for women in England; women were granted full membership to the University in 1948.

Art and science

Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev invents the periodic table of elements, which arranges elements within a group in order of their atomic mass.
The British scientist Mary Somerville publishes her last book On Molecular and Microscopic Science.
Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir paint together in the open air at La Grenouillère, developing the Impressionist style.


The Suez canal opens, linking the Red Sea and the Gulf of Suez with the Mediterranean Sea, and transforming trade routes between Europe and Asia as merchants no longer had to circumvent Africa. The canal was largely in British and French control until Egyptian nationalisation in 1956, which sparked off the international Suez crisis.
Serialisation of Leo Tolstoy's epic novel of Russian society during the Napoleonic wars, War and Peace finishes.

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