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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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DESCRIflON 5OF TUE PLATES.
cloth, with high plaited ruff a la Queen Mary. the
cloak trimmed at the bottom with deep lace, or
entirely round with fur: a helmet cap of white
satin, blended with lace, confined under the chin
with two narrow plaitings of net, and ornamented
in front with a small cluster of Persian roses in
moss: a cameo brooch confines the dress in front
of the bosom, or at the throat; and a clasp of the
same embraces the bottom of the waist: the gloves
are Limerick or French kid.
   The THIRD PLATE exhibits two females in
 evening dresses. The first figure in a round robe
 (if white crape, ornamented at the feet with a
 flounce of Mechlin lace: an horizontal striped front,
 composed of alternate lace and needlework; short
 sleeve to correspond: the robe extended over a slip
 of gossamer satin, either white, blossom-colour, or
 blue: the hair in curls confined, and ornamented
 with a bandeau and rose-diadem of pearls, diamonds,
 or coloured gems; ear-rings, neck-chain and brace-
 lets to correspond, French watch and chain, with
 a cluster of small variegated emblematic seals:
 ivory fan, with mount of silver frosted crape.
 white satin slippers, with silver clasps or rosettes:
 and white gloves of French kid.
   The second figure in this plate appears in a robe
of green vellum gauze, or Venetian velvet: the
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