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Gown

1770s (embroidery), 1780s (sewing), 1870 - 1890 (altered)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

A woman's gown made in England of Indian cotton tamboured in an all-over pattern of serpentine trails with flowers and leaves in shades of pink, green, yellow and red, with additional herringbone stitch. The gown is open at the front, with a separate bodice and skirt, seamed at the waist. The sleeves extend over the elbow, shaped to fit. The bodice meets at centre front. The bodice and sleeves are lined in two different bleached linens. The back is cut in 6 pieces, tapering to a point at the waist. The skirt is made of 3 widths of cotton, gathered into the waist seam. The hem is faced with white linen tape.

The gown is heavily pieced with numerous fold marks. It may have been made in the 1770s and remade for a larger wearer in the 1780s. Additional pieces of the tamboured cotton and the linen lining were added at each side of the back, and also to the bodice fronts. The sleeves were possibly peiced, resized and converted to the curved shape. The hem was let down.

The small loops of braided cotton cord - two on the left side, only one remaining on the right - were probably added for fancy dress in the late 19th century.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Cotton, linen, silk thread, linen thread; hand-woven, hand-embroidered, hand-sewn
Brief Description
Woman's gown, 1780s, England, made from cotton embroidered with coloured floral trail, India, 1770s; gown altered 1870-1890
Physical Description
A woman's gown made in England of Indian cotton tamboured in an all-over pattern of serpentine trails with flowers and leaves in shades of pink, green, yellow and red, with additional herringbone stitch. The gown is open at the front, with a separate bodice and skirt, seamed at the waist. The sleeves extend over the elbow, shaped to fit. The bodice meets at centre front. The bodice and sleeves are lined in two different bleached linens. The back is cut in 6 pieces, tapering to a point at the waist. The skirt is made of 3 widths of cotton, gathered into the waist seam. The hem is faced with white linen tape.



The gown is heavily pieced with numerous fold marks. It may have been made in the 1770s and remade for a larger wearer in the 1780s. Additional pieces of the tamboured cotton and the linen lining were added at each side of the back, and also to the bodice fronts. The sleeves were possibly peiced, resized and converted to the curved shape. The hem was let down.



The small loops of braided cotton cord - two on the left side, only one remaining on the right - were probably added for fancy dress in the late 19th century.
Dimensions
  • Shoulder to hem at centre back length: 140.0cm (approx)
  • Bust under armholes circumference: 92.5cm (approx)
  • Cotton, selvedge to selvedge width: 92.0cm
Production typeUnique
Collection
Accession Number
184-1898

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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