London. La Belle Assemblée. (La Belle Assemblee). 1822.
Etching / engraving with stipple engraving, handcolored, sheet size 9 x 5 1/2 inches. Very good condition; faint offsetting / toning, mended short tear to lower right edge (outside image area). An exquisitely etched and handcolored fashion print from the early Georgian period which followed the English Regency period, the era of Jane Austen and one of elegance in fashion and society. This example of the latest mode was published in "La Belle Assemblée or Bell's Court and Fashionable Magazine addressed particularly to the Ladies", published by John Bell. Vyvyan Holland (Hand-Coloured Fashion Plates 1770-1899, Batsford, 1955) describes this magazine as "one of the most important magazines of its time, and which contains some of the most delicate fashion-plates of all time..." Item #45111