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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

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

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scarf of white or fawn-colour silk, with variegated
ends, and narrow corresponding border: white
satin or kid slippers, trimmed with silver fringe:
white gloves of French kid, and fan of spangled
  The second figure in this plate appears in a
Grecian robe of white gossamer satin or sarsnet,
ornamented at the bottom with a deep silver border
in the Egyptian style, and confined up the front,
and across each side the bosom with small turquoise
stone snaps, set in silver filigree: diamond crescent
brooch in front of the bosom: ear-rings, necklace,
and bracelets of brilliants, with turquoise snaps,
and clasps to correspond: the hair in full curls in
front, formed in a helmet crown behind, and orna-
mented with a wreath of white roses: a large pil-
grim's or Carmelite pelerine of spotted ermine, lined
with blue silk: blue kid slippers, with silver clasps:
gloves of French kid, and fan of carved ivory, with
blue and silver crape mount.
  It might be observed that these portraits would
have been more consistent with      the rules of
modesty and grace, so much insisted on in the
course of the present work, had the artist more
scrupulously concealed the bosom and shoulders
of the evening and full-dress figures. But the fair
reader must recollect, that these plates are intended

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