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The Silk Dress

Impression: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Number: 151
Date: 1875
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 209 x 134 mm
Signed: no
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Cancelled Plates', 1879
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 18
Catalogues: K.107; M.115
Impressions taken from this plate  (18)
The Silk Dress probably dates from 1875.
It is dated from the costume, with its narrow skirt and gathered train, but it is not as extremely narrow a skirt as was seen in some ultra-fashionable dress at the time. 1

Related portraits include The Velvet Dress (Mrs Leyland) 120 and The Little Velvet Dress 119.

1: See for instance, G. Du Maurier, 'TO UPHOLSTERERS, etc.', Punch, 22 May 1875, p. 218