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  • Place of origin:

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

  • Date:

    1770 - 1780 (weaving)
    1775 - 1780 (sewing)
    1870 - 1910 (altered)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, cotton, linen, silk thread, linen thread; hand-woven, hand-sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Messrs. Harrods

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A woman's gown, of cream silk warp and cotton weft, with vertical stripes of yellow, brown, green and pink (possibly the Indian export fabric known as cherryderry). The gown is in the English (tight-back) style, open at the front with elbow-length sleeves. The bodice meets at the centre front. The bodice and sleeves are lined with bleached linen. The pleats at the back are stitched down. The gown is made of 8 widths of fabric; the skirts are flat pleated into the waist seam. There are cut and bound pocket openings on each side. The hem of the skirts is faced with unbleached linen.

Three pairs of pink silk ribbons were added to the bodice fronts for fancy dress in the late 19th century.

Place of Origin

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


1770 - 1780 (weaving)
1775 - 1780 (sewing)
1870 - 1910 (altered)



Materials and Techniques

Silk, cotton, linen, silk thread, linen thread; hand-woven, hand-sewn


Weight: 0.7 kg, Length: 134.0 cm shoulder to hem at centre back approx, Circumference: 86.5 cm bust under armholes approx, Width: 39.0 cm textile, selvedge to selvedge

Object history note

Talbot Hughes collection

Descriptive line

A woman's gown, English, 1775-80; cream and green, yellow, pink striped silk/cotton, English, 1770s; altered 1870-1910


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


Hand weaving; Hand sewing


Women's clothes; Textiles

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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