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  • Place of origin:

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

  • Date:

    1780s (weaving)
    1780 - 1785 (sewing)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, linen, silk thread, linen thread; hand-woven brocade, hand-sewn, pinking

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss R. Bartlett

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A woman's gown of figured white silk, with brocaded small floral sprigs in black, blue and shades of green and pink. The gown is open at the front, with sleeves shaped and ending just below the elbow. The bodice and skirt are cut separately and seamed together at the waist. The bodice and sleeves are lined with bleached linen; the bodice fronts and back lined first, then seamed together. The back is cut in four pieces tapering to a point at centre back, with stitching in the lining at centre back for two bones (bones missing). The skirt is made of 4 widths of silk with a partial panel on each side of the front. The skirt is finely flat-pleated into the waist seam. Two broad pleats run diagonally from waist to hem on each skirt front, edged on one side with a pinked, van-dyked and box-pleated trim of silk. A narrower strip of pinked, van-dyked and box-pleated silk edges the neckline and sleeves.

Place of Origin

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


1780s (weaving)
1780 - 1785 (sewing)



Materials and Techniques

Silk, linen, silk thread, linen thread; hand-woven brocade, hand-sewn, pinking


Length: 162.0 cm shoulder to hem at centre back approx, Circumference: 93.0 cm bust under armholes approx, Width: 48.0 cm silk, selvedge to selvedge

Descriptive line

A woman's gown, 1780-85, English; figured white silk, with brocaded floral sprigs in coloured silks, Spitalfields, 1780s


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


Hand weaving; Brocading; Hand sewing; Pinking


Textiles; Women's clothes; Fashion

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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