Gallery of Fashion, November 1798.
These are walking dresses for the morning hours. The skirts are still rather full at this time, gathered high in the back, usually with a very tiny bustle. The silhouette won’t narrow for another year or so. Hats have moved closer to the head and feathers are much shorter than a few years previous.
The print is described in the magazine as follows:
“FIG. CXCVIII. The front hair combed into feather curls round the face; the hind hair cut short, and dressed in bushy curls. Bonnet of white satin, trimmed with coquelicot cords; coquelicot silk handkerchief, arranged upon the hind part, and tied under the chin; black and coquelicot military feather placed in front. Round dress of Scotch cambric; short sleeves. Handkerchief shawl of coquelicot silk. Purple kid shoes.
“FIG. CXCIX. The front hair cut short, and combed into feather curls; the hind hair in ringlets. Black straw patent hat, worked with chenille; white and pink military feather placed on the right side. Round gown of thick muslin, embroidered in pink; long sleeves. White muslin cloak, in deep Vandyke scollops. Large gold hoop ear-rings. Coquelicot riband tied round the neck. Grey gloves. Black jean slippers.”