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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1785-1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk and linen, hand woven and hand sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs R. M. Woods

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

The most remarkable feature of this otherwise unadorned frock coat is its eccentrically coloured, fake leopard spot pattern. The imitation markings, woven with black and white silk, are part of the pile of a turquoise velvet. Such a whimsical pattern was common in men’s fashions in the 1770s and 1780s. A portrait of John Campbell, Baron of Cawdor painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds, in 1778, shows a similar leopard spot pattern in a more natural colouring on a velvet waistcoat.

The collar pointed at the back is characteristic of 1780s style. Longer, tighter sleeves, two small revers (or lapels) at the front and a closer fitting silhouette are also typical of men’s fashion during this decade.

Physical description

A man's coat in turquoise silk velvet with a woven 'leopard spot' pattern

Place of Origin

France (made)


1785-1790 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk and linen, hand woven and hand sewn


Length: 120 cm Overall length from top of collar to bottom of hem, :

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hart, Avril and Susan North, Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries, London: V&A Publications, 1998, p. 76


Silk velvet; Linen


Hand weaving; Hand sewing


Clothing; Fashion; Textiles; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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