Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Fashions for January 1801

Tuesday, January 10, 2017



Morning Dress 1801
Loretta reports:
We’ll kick off the 2017 monthly fashion plates by returning to the beginning of the 19th century—and incidentally get a lesson in differences in digitization technology. The first plates and the description are from a Google scan of the New York Public Library’s copy of The Lady’s Monthly Museum for January 1801. They look like the work of an inept artist, don’t they?

Afternoon Dress 1801
Now let's look at the last image, which came from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s online collection. This is the same “Afternoon Dress” fashion plate as above, but what a difference! (Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find a high quality counterpart to the Morning Dress plate.)

Afternoon Dress
Many libraries have fine images like this of fashion plates. The trouble is, in most cases—as I’ve complained repeatedly—all we have is the plate. The rest of the magazine, including the description, is who knows where.


Let's hope that the magazines Google digitized in the early days haven't been destroyed, and will one day be re-scanned using improved technology.

Images, from The Lady’s Monthly Museum Vol 6 Jan-June 1801 courtesy Hathi Trust. Second Afternoon Dress image courtesy Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


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2 comments:

Sarah said...

and the problem is that people would take the fashion plate out of a magazine to frame or whatever and throw away the rest of the magazine. they still do it...

Cornelia said...

That morning dress! It is really unfortunate. :D I can't stop imagining Mrs. Doubtfire in a Georgian re-do of the movie.

on topic: The difference is remarkable!


and off topic: Did you see that dress on the Antiques Roadshow? (the latest, Tewkesbury Abbey 2) Oh my.

 
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