Morning Dress, March 1810

Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, March 1810.

“Morning Dress.”

The first few years of this magazine included several fashion prints showing women with children. In this year, 1810, there are 6 prints showing mothers with children. For some reason, after June 1812, we see no more children. Perhaps reader feedback showed a lack of interest in these charming domestic scenes. Or perhaps the children obscured too much detail of the woman’s dress. In this print, for example, the description of the bodice sounds lovely, but we cannot see it.

I think these mother-and-child prints are rather sweet. Here, I love how the baby’s shoe has fallen to the floor.

The print is described in the magazine as follows:

“A morning robe of spotted or flowered Moravian muslin, with high-winged collar, edged with scalloped lace. Bosom formed of alternate stripes of lace and muslin. A matron hood of lace, tied across the crown with grey ribbon. Morning slippers of grey kid, trimmed with swansdown. An occasional scarf of French silk, with rich flowered border and ends.”

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