You may find the description of the dinner dress confusing. I’ve always associated the color primrose with yellow, and my research seems to agree, although the Smithsonian’s botany page offers a variety whose petals are “rose-purple to white, rarely cream-yellow, or rarely orange-red.”
The dress in the plate is not yellow, and might have been intended to be purple, though I suspect not. I decided the artist in charge of coloring the plate misunderstood. If those of you who’ve made a closer study of 19th century women’s magazines can solve the mystery, all of us nerdy history persons will be fascinated and grateful.
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From Ackermann's Repository, September 1815