The Lady's Magazine, or Entertaining Companion for the Fair Sex, Appropriated Solely to Their Use and Amusement, 1791

Volume XXII for the Year 1791

London: G. G. J. and J. Robinson, No. 25, Pater-noster Row.

January 1791
The frontispiece shows two women walking with arms linked and a little boy angel tugging at one of their Greek dresses. There is a small Grecian pavilion in the background on the left. To the right a maypole is visible with figures dancing around it. The woman on the left carries the Lady's Magazine open in her right hand while the woman on the left has a stick with a jester's head on it in her left hand. Her left breast is bare, and the nipple is visible as well as a great deal of her right leg.

The issue contains "On the Use of Animal Food, and Sugar" by Mrs. C[atherine] M[acualay] Graham on pages 31-32.

February 1791
This issue contains "A new Pattern for a Work Bag." It also contains an "Account of Mrs. Inchbald's `Simple Story'" (which is continued in the March issue). There is an engraving to go with "The Repentant Husband. A Tale." which depicts a woman collapsed against a rock naked save for a cloak or blanket which is not covering her breast. A man dressed like Robin Hood is holding a flaming torch abover her and seems to have just discovered the woman.

March 1791
This issue contains a "new Pattern for working an Apron" and an engraving to go with the tale "The Fatal Alternative." The engraving features a woman tugging at her hair with her right hand, which is long and down, and holding out a letter with her left hand. She stands at the edge of a river; two men on horseback are visible in the background galloping somewhere. The "Fatal Alternative" is on pages 153-5.

April 1791
This issue contained "Sprigs for working Gowns, Aprons, &c."

June 1791
This issue contained "An new Pattern for working a Gown, Apron, &c." It also had a copper plate labelled "The Folly of Curiosity." "The Folly of Curiosity. A Tale" appears on pages 312-6. The issue also included "Account of the King's Birth-Day" on pages 305-11.

ACCOUNT of the Company, Dresses, &c. on the KING'S BIRTH-DAY.

[from page 305] At one o'clock their majesties and their royal highnesses the princesses royal, Augusta, Elizabeth, and Mary, came in three of the queen's coaches from Buckingham-house to St. James's, where the queen held a drawing room, which commenced at half past one o'clock, and was attended as follows, viz.

[from page 307]

The queen, Three folds of crap, richly embroidered with purple, green, and silver goils, in the front of the petticoat and on each side a superb drapery of the same, edged with fine blond and bands of diamonds, drawn back in three festoons, and fastened up with bunches of diamonds; a silver tissue body and train, trimmed with fine blond and bands of diamonds.

[from page 311]

The king, as usual on his own birth-day, in a plain suit of scarlet clothes.

His royal highness the prince of Wales, in a green striped silk coat, embroidered in a most superb manner with gold and silver spangles all over, the waistcoat of white silk, covered over with silver tissue, and a small embroidery to correspond with the coat; breeches the same as the coat. His highness wore a most brilliant star, George, sword and epaulet, both at the drawing room and ball.

Duke of Clarence, in a full navy uniform, with a brilliant star of the order of St. Andrew. His highness wore a most elegant diamond loop across his shoulder.

Duke of Gloucester, in full regimental uniform.

Prince William of Gloucester, a striped nut-brown coat and breeches, with a light embroidery of flowers, the waistcoat of silver tissue, and embroidered to correspond with the coat.

Duke of Leeds, a dark brown coat and breeches, with a narrow embroidery of flowers, the waistcoat white, to join with the colour of the coat. Duke of Bedfored, the most suberb dress at court; the colour of the coat and breeches could not be distinguished by the eye, being so richly covered all over with silver spangles, over which was a very rich embroidery of gold and silver intermixed, the waistcoat white and silver tissue, his buckles set round with diamonds. Duke of Montrose, a light green striped silk coat and breeches, with a very rich embroidery of silver spangles. Duke of Dorset, a carbeaue and blue striped coat and breeches, with white silk waistcoat embroidered with silver spangles; the waistcoat embroidered to correspond with the coat. Duke of Queensberry, a plain green striped silk coat, waistcoat and breeches. The Spanish ambassador, one of the neatest dresses at court; his coat and breeches were embroidered and spotted all over with silver; the waistcoat of white silk embroidered.


At nine o'clok [sic] the ball was opened with minuets, which were as follows, viz ....

After the minuets, the country dances began, and fourteen couple stood up. After two country dances, their majesties withdrew, and the company began to take their departure. It was near two o'clock before they could all get to their carriages.

July 1791
This issue contains "A new Pattern for working a Waistcoat."

August 1791
This issue contains "A new Pattern for a Work Bag, or Boat Basket, &c." There is also an engraving to go with "The Treacherous Guardian. A Tale." that is printed on pages 397-400.

September 1791
This issue contains a copper plate of "An new Pattern for Working a Shawl."

October 1791
This number contains a plate of "A new Pattern for a Muff" and "A beautiful Portrait of her Royal Highness Frederica Charlotte, Duchess of York." It includes as well an article entitled "Decription of the Persons and Dress of the LADIES of CYPRUS. From Mariti's Travels in Cyprus, lately published by Messrs. Robinsons, two Vols." There is also an essay ""On keeping up Appearances" as well as a letter from "Clio" labelled "On Fashion."

December 1791
This number contains plates of "A new pattern for a Basket." There is also an engraving that accompanies "The Vicissitudes of Fortune. A Tale" on pages 657-9.

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