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Long Gown

1820-30 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Baby clothes in the past have often had many years of use, and were passed on round and down families for use with each new child. The everyday items such as nappies were often made of strong fabrics to withstand boiling, bleaching, and ironing, but do not always survive.

Finely embroidered garments like this long gown were for best wear, and were cherished and preserved for as long as possible. They were skillfully mended where necessary, and many show beautifully worked darns. This gown has been mended on the bodice, and the area round the waist has been reinforced and then covered with a carefully applied band of white embroidery. Sometimes two or more garments were combined to make one new one.
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object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Cotton with Ayrshire work embroidery
Brief Description
Long gown for a baby: white cotton decorated with Ayrshire work embroidery; Scotland, 1820-30
Physical Description
Baby's long robe of fine white cotton, with a drawstring neck and short puffed sleeves. The bodice has a wedge-shaped centre front panel embroidered in Ayrshire work, showing stylized elliptical fruits among foliage. The slightly raised narrow waistband is worked with a line of dots, and the area just above it has been covered at a later date with a length of white embroidery showing a series of curved lozenge shapes. The skirt is cartridge pleated to the waist, and the front has a full length wedge-shaped area of Ayrshire embroidery to match that on the bodice front. The garment fastens at the back.



The robings run from the back of the neck to the waist front: this may suggest the combining of a bodice and skirt from two different garments, but the embroidery on both matches.
Dimensions
  • From original catalogue record length: 40in
Object history
Bought of Mrs Frances Maddams, 81 Prince's Gate Mews, London SW (RF 24/2393)
Subjects depicted
Summary
Baby clothes in the past have often had many years of use, and were passed on round and down families for use with each new child. The everyday items such as nappies were often made of strong fabrics to withstand boiling, bleaching, and ironing, but do not always survive.



Finely embroidered garments like this long gown were for best wear, and were cherished and preserved for as long as possible. They were skillfully mended where necessary, and many show beautifully worked darns. This gown has been mended on the bodice, and the area round the waist has been reinforced and then covered with a carefully applied band of white embroidery. Sometimes two or more garments were combined to make one new one.
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.410-1924

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record createdMarch 9, 2009
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