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Dress fabric

Dress fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Spitalfields (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1745 - ca. 1747 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brocaded silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Craig Waller

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Panel brocaded with sprays of flowers in shades of pink, blue, yellow and brown with stems and leaves in shades of green and brown on a cream ground. The pattern consists of a large central spray with groups of four smaller sprays of red and yellow buds above and below it. There are also sprays of blue flowers, and two separate pink buds to each side of the central spray. Each spray of flowers is depicted as being tied with a piece of cream coloured ribbon. Also embroidered in cream coloured silk are flowers, seed pods and decorative sprays. On either side of the central spray are three narrow, self coloured stripes.

Place of Origin

Spitalfields (made)


ca. 1745 - ca. 1747 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Brocaded silk


Width: 20 in, Length: 24 in

Object history note

Registered File number 1963/1747

Historical context note

The donor states that the panel once formed part of a dress belonging to Elizabeth Nain who married James Innes of Knotts Green, Leyton in about 1783. and died in 1828 aged 66. The panel had subsequently descended into the donor's mothers family.

Descriptive line

Brocaded silk panel, England (Spitalfields), ca. 1745 - ca. 1747

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

King, D British Textile Design in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tokyo, 1980, vol I, colour plate 195.





Subjects depicted

Ribbon; Flowers; Leaves


Textiles; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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