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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1790-1795 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool, lined and backed with linen, engraved gilt metal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by G. J. Stewart

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A woman’s riding outfit, known as a ‘riding habit’, frequently included a waistcoat styled after those worn by men, which accompanied a masculine-style coat and a petticoat (or skirt). This double-breasted example with high collar and revers (lapels) reflects the fashionable styles of men’s waistcoats in the early 1790s. The back lacing allowed a snug fit over stays and under a closely tailored coat.

Physical description

Riding habit waistcoat for a lady of red wool, lined and backed with linen and with gilt metal buttons. Waist length, and double-breasted with a high standing collar. The buttons have 'H' engraved on them. The back has a lace-up adjustment.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1790-1795 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Wool, lined and backed with linen, engraved gilt metal

Marks and inscriptions

Engraved on the buttons, possibly for Lady Hamilton


Width: 34 in under arm

Descriptive line

Riding habit waistcoat for a lady of wool, lined and backed with linen, England, 1790-1795


Wool; Linen; Metal


Fashion; Women's clothes; Sport; Textiles; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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