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  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1815-1822 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool flannel, with applied tufts of wool, bound with silk twill, hand-sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Francis Coutts

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This nightgown is an example of one type of informal clothing worn by men in the early 19th century. Nightgowns were worn over shirt and breeches, in the privacy of home before noon or late at night. They first appear in the male wardrobe in the mid-17th century, inspired by the kimonos given by the Japanese shoguns to the directors of the Dutch East India Company. During the 18th century nightgowns evolved into several different shapes, from the simple T-shape of the original kimono to others cut more like the European coat, as in this example. The tufts of black wool on the cream wool fabric are meant to imitate ermine. This nightgown comes from wardrobe of Thomas Coutts (1735-1822), the founder of Coutts Bank.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


1815-1822 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Wool flannel, with applied tufts of wool, bound with silk twill, hand-sewn


Circumference: 99 cm Waist, Circumference: 101 cm Chest, Length: 39 cm Nape-waist, Length: 116 cm Nape-hem, Length: 67 cm Sleeve - shoulder to cuff, Length: 49 cm Sleeve - underarm to cuff, Circumference: 27.5 cm Sleeve cuff


Clothing; Informal wear; Nightwear; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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