For the first time, a plate is missing from the scans of Ackermann’s I’ve downloaded via Archive.org. The September 1813 edition scanned includes plate 19, “Evening costume,” but the page where plate 20, “Promenade Costume,” should be is blank. A victim of the habit of people cutting the plates out of magazines, even those in library collections, and selling them separately? Today such prints can be purchased for between $30 and $60 from rare print dealers online.
A Pinterest Board titled “1813” includes a (cropped) image of the print in question, so I’ve borrowed a copy from there. Our fashionable lady looks quite comfortable, reading her book with her “large Eastern parasol, with deep Chinese awning,” doesn’t she? I do wish the prints gave us a better idea of the shoes mentioned in the descriptions; I’d like to see if/how the “Roman shoe, or Spanish slipper” differed from a typical English lady’s slipper…
The celebration of Wellington’s Vittoria victory continues to be a theme in this month’s fabric sample #3, a “unique and elegant article for ladies’ robes, pelisses, mantles, and scarfs, styled the Vittoria striped gauze.” I wonder what the drapers might have said, if you asked them why it was a “Vittoria” striped gauze?
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