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The mirror of the graces; or, the English lady's costume: combining and harmonizing taste and judgment, elegance and grace, modesty, simplicity and economy, with fashion in dress; and adapting the various articles of female embellishments to different ages, forms, and complexions; to the seasons of the year, rank, and situation in life: with useful advice on female accomplishments, politeness, and manners; the cultivation of the mind and the disposition and carriage of the body: offering also the most efficacious means of preserving beauty, health, and loveliness. The whole according with the general principles of nature and rules of propriety
(1811)

Description of the plates,   pp. [11]-17 ff.


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DESCRIPTION OF THE PLATES.
HAVING largely treated, in the following pages,
on the different degrees of female attire, as suited
to the several orders of the British fair, and
endeavoured to instruct them in the requisite art
of adapting, appropriating, and combining with
utility andeffect; having besides shown that taste
and elegance are not to be acquired by an ex-
orhitant expenditure; and that grace and beauty
are best embellished by modesty, simplicity, pru-
dence and good sense; I have only here to call the
attention of my fair friends to the plates which
illustrate the present work. These plates contain
portraits of the different orders of female costume
in Great Britain, selected from sources of tie
highest class, both as to rank, taste, and fashion:
exhibiting a correct and faithful display of that
style of female decoration which distinguishes the
present era.
  The FIRST PLATE represents two ladies in
morning or domestic habits. The sitting figure is


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