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  • Place of origin:

    Spitalfields (textile, weaving)
    England (gown, sewing)

  • Date:

    1738 - 1739 (weaving)
    1760 - 1769 (sewing)
    1870 - 1910 (altered)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, linen, silk thread, linen thread; hand-woven brocade, hand-sewn, bobbin lace

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Frances Vickers.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A woman's gown of brown silk, brocaded in shades of green, yellow, purple and brown in a design of large floral sprigs. The gown is open down the front in the English or 'tight-back' style of stitched pleats at the back. The sleeves are elbow-length with two sleeve ruffles. The bodice and sleeves are lined with unbleached linen. Six widths of silk make up the skirts, with a waist seam at the sides and front. A narrow edging of white silk lace decorates the sleeve ruffles and the robings.

Alterations for fancy dress include unpicking the robings and stitching a long triangle of the same silk to the right front to make a stomacher.

Place of Origin

Spitalfields (textile, weaving)
England (gown, sewing)


1738 - 1739 (weaving)
1760 - 1769 (sewing)
1870 - 1910 (altered)



Materials and Techniques

Silk, linen, silk thread, linen thread; hand-woven brocade, hand-sewn, bobbin lace


Weight: 1.96 kg, Length: 148.0 cm shoulder to hem at centre back approx, Circumference: 88.5 cm bust under armholes, including stomacher approx

Descriptive line

A woman's English-style gown, 1760s, English; Brown silk, brocaded in floral pattern with coloured silks, Spitalfields, 1738-39


Material; Silk (textile); Linen (material); Silk thread; Linen thread


Hand weaving; Brocading; Hand sewing; Bobbin lace making


Women's clothes; Textiles; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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