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Court Gowns: Dressing the Part

She is unfortunately of a sickly constitution, which has prevented her making that progress in many accomplishments which she could not otherwise have failed of; as I am informed by the lady who superintended her education, and who still resides with them. But she is perfectly amiable, and often condescends to drive by my humble abode in her little phaeton and ponies.” “Has she been presented? I do not remember her name among the ladies at court.” “Her indifferent state of health unhappily prevents her being in town; and by that means, as I told Lady Catherine myself one day, has deprived the British court of its brightest ornament. Her ladyship seemed pleased with the idea, and you may imagine that I am happy on every occasion to offer those little delicate compliments which are always acceptable to ladies. I have more than once observed to Lady Catherine that her charming daughter seemed born to be a duchess, and that the most elevated rank, instead of giving her consequence, would be adorned by her. — Pride and Prejudice Miroir de la Mode, February 1804 This print is a rare example from the short-lived British magazine, edited by the famous modiste Madame Lanchester, that was published only from 1803 to 1804. Bits of silver paint are used to pick out details in the trim and the jewelry. Out of my collection of over 500 fashion prints, if I could only keep one print, this would be it. When ladies (and gentlemen)

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