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Gown

  • Place of origin:

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

  • Date:

    1731 (weaving)
    1775-1780 (sewing)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, linen, silk thread, linen thread; hand-woven, brocaded, hand-sewn, pinked

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs G. T. Morton

  • Museum number:

    T.65&A-1976

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A woman's gown and stomacher made of green silk brocaded in a lace pattern with white silk and red, yellow and blue flowers. The gown is in the English or 'tight back' style and open down the front. The sleeves are elbow lengthe with double sleeve ruffles, pinked around the edges. The bodice and sleeves are lined with linen. The skirts are made up of five widths of silk with a half-width at each front. The centre back panel runs shoulder to hem; the other panesl are pleated and sewn to the bodice at the waist. The stomacher is a wide triangle, partly lined with linen.

The gown and stomacher are heavily pieced and probably made over from an earlier garment, possibly a mantua. The robings have been partially unpicked.

Place of Origin

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

Date

1731 (weaving)
1775-1780 (sewing)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk, linen, silk thread, linen thread; hand-woven, brocaded, hand-sewn, pinked

Dimensions

Width: 55.7 cm width of silk selvedge to selvedge

Descriptive line

A woman's gown, 1775-80, English; Green silk, 1731, brocaded with white lace pattern and multicolour floral motifs

Materials

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

Techniques

Hand weaving; Brocading; Hand sewing; Pinking

Categories

Fashion; Women's clothes

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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