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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1810 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Block-printed cotton, lined with linen, faced with glazed cotton, hand-sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs P. Pengree

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

White and pale pastels are the colours associated with Neo-classical styles. Gowns like this one and others in the collection show, however, that darker shades were also worn. This printed cotton has a black ground with pink and green flowers. It would have been appropriate for informal winter wear. The hemline at the ankle is characteristic for this period. The use of darts in shaping the bodice of the gown was a new development in dressmaking.

Physical description

Day dress of block-printed cotton. With a black ground printed with a vertical stripe of pink and green flowers interspaced with white diamond motifs. The dress has a high-waisted bodice, with bust darts and a deep pointed neckline which wraps across at the waist, and is trimmed with a faced border. The skirt is straight cut with side plackets and ties at the waist. It is arranged in narrow pleats at the back. The sleeves are knuckle-length, with faced wristbands. There is a matching belt attached at the back and an inner waist tape. The hem is faced with brown glazed cotton.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1810 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Block-printed cotton, lined with linen, faced with glazed cotton, hand-sewn


Length: 121 cm cente back to hem, Length: 131 cm shoulder to hem, Length: 101.5 cm waisband to hem

Object history note

The material dates from the 1790s but there is no sign that it has been re-used.

Descriptive line

Day dress of block-printed cotton, England, ca. 1810


Cotton; Linen


Block printing; Hand sewing

Subjects depicted

Diamonds; Flowers


Women's clothes; Informal wear; Day wear; Textiles; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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