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Gown

  • Place of origin:

    England (textile, block printing)
    England (gown, sewing)

  • Date:

    1780s (block printing)
    1780 - 1785 (sewing)
    1785 - 1790 (altered)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, linen thread; hand-woven, block-printed, hand-painted, hand-sewn.

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the family of the late Sir Luke Fildes

  • Museum number:

    T.230-1927

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A woman's gown of white linen, block-printed with floral sprigs in pink, purple, with painted blue. The gown is open to the waist at the front with a closed skirt, and long, shaped sleeves, cut in 2 pieces. The back is cut in two shaped pieces. The bodice and sleeves are lined with bleached linen. Each bodice front has a linen lacing panel and there is a fine casing at the front and sides of the neck with a drawstring. The skirt is made of 3 widths of linen, with a partial panel at the right front. There are pocket openings on either side, bound with wide linen tape. The back of the skirt is flinely flat-pleated and stitched to the bodice back. The skirt is faced with a band of bleached linen.

The gown may have originally been made as an open-fronted gown in the early 1780s. Later in the decade, the waistseam was unpicked and sewn straight across the back at the natural waist (the original point at the centre back of the bodice remains in the seam allowance). Part of the gown skirt at the front may have been removed, and the skirt stitched closed. The skirt front was box pleated at the centre, finely flat pleated on either side and bound with a pieced waistband. A linen tape was stitched to either end of the waistband for fastening. The removed panel may have made the ruflle of gathered linen at the hem of the skirt.

Place of Origin

England (textile, block printing)
England (gown, sewing)

Date

1780s (block printing)
1780 - 1785 (sewing)
1785 - 1790 (altered)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Linen, linen thread; hand-woven, block-printed, hand-painted, hand-sewn.

Dimensions

Length: 155.0 cm shoulder to hem at centre back approx, Circumference: 85.0 cm bust under armholes approx, Width: 86.0 cm linen, selvedge to selvedge

Descriptive line

A woman's gown, 1780-85c, English; White linen, block-printed with floral sprigs in pink, purple, with painted blue, English 1780s; updated 1785-90

Materials

Linen (material); Linen thread

Techniques

Hand weaving; Block printing; Painting; Hand sewing

Categories

Europeana Fashion Project; Textiles; Women's clothes

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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