Lady’s Monthly Museum, December 1801.
“Evening Dresses for Dec. 1801”
The early years of this magazine included original prints, but they are somewhat clumsy in execution. Within a few years, their prints are copied from other magazines, both French and British, and those copies are more elegantly rendered. But this was an inexpensive little magazine, and the hand-colored prints were never as beautifully engraved and colored as those in its more expensive competitors.
I have to say that the headdress on the left composed of scarlet and purple is a rather bold and wonderful fashion statement.
The print is described in the magazine as follows:
“Fig. 3.–A white satin cap, trimmed with lace; a wreath and strings of pearls. A dress of white muslin; the sleeves enriched with silver spangles and wreaths of pearl; on the breast a pearl broche; the neck trimmed with a broad lace frill, and the waist fastened with a pearl buckle and a white satin riband. Shoes of white satin, and gloves of white silk net.
“Fig. 4– A head dress of scarlet and purple velvet, trimmed with silver lace, feather, and twist. The dress lilac persian, trimmed with white; the sleeves composed of white satin points, bound with lilac riband. The shoes white satin.”