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Dress coat

Dress coat

  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, made)
    Spain (possibly)

  • Date:

    c.1790 - c.1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    embroidered silk

  • Museum number:

    295-1898

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Rich blue silk coat with cutaway fronts, embroidered with sprays of stylised flowers and leaves in yellow, green, pink and cream silk. At the very edge is a simple border of leaves and sprigs. The embroidery is at the collar, closing edges, cuffs, pocket-flaps and coat tails. There are six embroidered buttons on the proper right front, three under either pocket-flap, three at the back-waist. The body is lined with cream linen and silk with twentieth-century repairs.

Place of Origin

England (probably, made)
Spain (possibly)

Date

c.1790 - c.1800 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

embroidered silk

Dimensions

Height: 45 mm collar, Length: 1113 mm collar to hem

Object history note

Purchased in 1898 for £6 6s from Messrs. Howell & James, Regent Street (RP: 89025/1898)

Historical context note

Beatrix Potter found some of the inspiration for her book The Tailor of Gloucester at the South Kensington Museum (now the V&A). She told her editor, Norman Warne, 'I have been delighted to find I may draw some most beautiful 18th century clothes at S. Kensington museum'. (from Sue Prichard's Access to Images entry for 652A-1898)

Descriptive line

Men's dress coat, embroidered, ca.1790 - ca.1800, England; Beatrix Potter, Tailor of Gloucester

Materials

Silk; Linen

Techniques

Hand embroidery

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

Fashion; Clothing; Formal wear; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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