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Dress fabric
  • Dress fabric
    Garthwaite, Anna Maria, born 1690 - died 1763
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Dress fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Spitalfields (made)

  • Date:

    1748 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Garthwaite, Anna Maria, born 1690 - died 1763 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brocaded silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Silk and Rayon Users Association

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Dress fabric of brocaded silk. Woven with a cream taffeta ground and a brocaded floral design. A green branch with flowers and fruit in crimson, brown, blue and other coloured silks are displayed on an open ground. There is a small self-coloured quatrefoil motif in the background. The repeat of the design takes up the full width of the panel. The selvedge consists of one outer cord and a plain tabby strip 0.19 inch wide.

Place of Origin

Spitalfields (made)


1748 (made)


Garthwaite, Anna Maria, born 1690 - died 1763 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Brocaded silk


Length: 27.75 in repeat, Length: 69 in, Width: 19 in

Object history note

Designed by Anna Maria Garthwaite in 1748 and woven by Mr Brant, whose name appears on the design, together with the date of October 1948. Mr Brant was probably Thomas Brant, a typical silk manufacturer in Spitalfields and a liveryman of the Weavers Company; son of a silk weaver, James Brant, to whom he was apprenticed in 1726, and brother of a silk throwster.

The silk was acquired by Messrs Arditti & Mayorcas in Spain and gifted to the V&A by the Silk and Rayon Users Association in 1961. RP 61/2917.

Descriptive line

Dress fabric of brocaded silk, designed by Anna Maria Garthwaite, Spitalfields, London, 1748

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

N.K.Rothstein, Silk Designs of the Eighteenth Century in the Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Thames and Hudson, 1990, pl. 250, p. 210. The design is illustrated in pl. 252.
British Textile Design in the Victoria and Albert Museum, ed. Donald King, Tokyo, 1980, Vol. I, colour plate 208.
Exhibited and published in Designs for British Dress and Furnishing Fabrics, 18th century to present, V&A, 1986.

Production Note

Design 5986.8


Textiles; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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