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Fashion plate, from La Belle Assembleé

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published in London

Fashion plate, from La Belle Assembleé
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This hand-coloured fashion plate is from La Belle Assembleé, a ladies' monthly magazine published in London. The plate illustrates a Russian mantle, pelisse and bonnet and appeared in issue no 26 of the New Series on 1 November, 1814.

A pelisse is a long cloak or outer coat, especially one made of, or lined with, fur. A mantle is a loose, sleeveless cloak or cape. In her left hand, the figure is holding a muff - a cylindrical covering of fur into which the hands were placed for warmth.

La Belle Assembleé's first fashion plate artist was Arthur William Devis, son of an English portrait painter. Later, as well as importing French plates, the magazine took on the services of another English artist, Thomas Stothard. His work was published anonymously.

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