Walking Dresses, September 1810

Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, September 1810.

“Walking Dress”

In the descriptions of the hats are terms I have not seen before: installation cap and Hamlet hat. After a bit of research, I have found nothing to indicate what those terms mean. If anyone knows, please let me know.

I confess to sort of loving the green installation cap.

The print is described in the magazine as follows:

“PROMENADE COSTUMES. First figure, represented in an Andalusian robe of superfine Spanish lamb’s-wool cloth, of a bright amber colour; long sleeves and high habit-shirt of French cambric, with deep cuff and collar, edged with plaited net, or scallopped lace; bosom of the robe laced with white silk cord, and continued down the front with a row of correspondent buttons  in the center. An installation cap of green velvet, edged with broad gold lace. A white lace veil, open in front. Shoes of green kid or jean, and gloves of the same colour.

Second figure.–A plain cambric petticoat and Roman tunic, buttoned down the front, and trimmed at the bottom with a border of gathered muslin; plain high bosom, with rounded collar; long sleeve, gaged at regular distances, and finished with the Armenian cuff. A naval scarf of Indian muslin, or royal purple silk. A hamlet hat of white chip, ornamented with purple ribbon, worn over the peasant’s cap of lace. Purple kid shoes, and gloves of York tan. Parasol to correspond.”

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