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Night dress

Night dress

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen and lace, with embroidered cypher

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Betty Dent

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

After Queen Victoria's death in 1901, at the age of 82, her nightdresses and other undergarments were distributed amongst members of the Royal Household, as personal mementoes of the Queen's long reign. The survival of this garment, originally given to Queen Victoria's gamekeeper at Balmoral, and passed down the same family, demonstrates the respect felt by her servants towards their employer, and the continuing popularity of Royalty and celebrity.

The nightdress is very voluminous, and indicates Queen Victoria's size in later life. She would have had a great number of these garments, all exactly the same, and ordered in sets. The Queen's cypher and a number was always worked on each garment. The numbering system is not understood today but it is likely that the garments were washed and then worn in strict rotation.

Physical description

Night dress of fine linen lawn trimmed with French lace and covered buttons, with embroidered crown cypher, 'VR' and '36'. Worn by Queen Victoria

Place of Origin

London (probably, made)


ca. 1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Linen and lace, with embroidered cypher

Marks and inscriptions

Coronet and 'VR/36'
Embroidered in white thread at base of neck opening


Length: 130 cm back of neck to hem


Linen; Lace


Sewing; Embroidery


Underwear; Nightwear; Royalty


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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