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Design for Wiletts and Sons

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1920s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Willetts & Sons (Commissioned by)
    The Roseland Studio (Artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and pencil on card

  • Credit Line:

    Presented by Mrs Pamela Joan Gordon in memory of her father, George Frederick Willetts (1893-1961)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MD, shelf 13, box B

Physical description

Drawing in pen and ink on cream card of a young woman with short hair and a curl in the middle of her forehead pulling on a string of pearls around her neck, wearing a long, capped-sleeved dress with a dropped waist. The dress is constructed of two parts, a pleated under-dress and a top layer of floral fabric left open at the front to reveal the under-dress. Around the waist is a large belt decorated with a large flower. In the right-hand corner of the card, written in blue, are instructions to the printer. The design is marked ‘No 11’. On the reverse is a pencil sketch of another figure.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1920s (made)


Willetts & Sons (Commissioned by)
The Roseland Studio (Artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and pencil on card

Marks and inscriptions

No 11
Handwritten in black ink, bottom left

Stamped in ink, bottom left

494/ 7 1/2" Deep
Handwritten and underlined in pencil, bottom right

We Require the No 11 and/ numbers on the Drawings to Come out Clearly/ Unnecessary please/ Black over.
Handwritten in blue pencil, bottom right


Height: 45.3 cm, Width: 26.2 cm

Descriptive line

A design drawing by the Roseland Studio for the packaging firm of Willetts and Sons, London, showing a woman with a pearl necklace, 1920s


Ink; Paper


Technique; Drawn

Subjects depicted

Dresses; Belts (costume accessories); Pearl; Women; Fashion; Shoes (footwear)


Labels & packaging; Fashion


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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