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Pair of Shoes

1720s-1730s (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

In the first half of the 18th century elegant footwear became prominent in the language of display. A glimpse of a fine shoe might appear beneath a flowing gown when the wearer sat down, walked or danced. This shoe has a fashionable thick, waisted heel and a prow-shaped toe. The bright yellow worsted wool reflects the wide range of colours and materials available. They would be used to match or complement the gown with which the shoe was worn.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Shoe
  • Shoe
Materials and Techniques
Leather sole, with worsted wool upper, and matching unglazed wool on the heel
Brief Description
Shoe, woman's; English, 1720s to 1730s
Physical Description
Woman's shoe, with short waisted heel and prow-shaped toe. Originally the latchets would have had a buckle fastening.
Dimensions
  • Length: 22cm
  • Width: 11.5cm
  • Height: 107mm
  • Width: 80mm
  • Depth: 220mm (Note: Dims each shoe)
Credit line
Given by Mr E. Saville Burrough and Mrs Woods
Summary
In the first half of the 18th century elegant footwear became prominent in the language of display. A glimpse of a fine shoe might appear beneath a flowing gown when the wearer sat down, walked or danced. This shoe has a fashionable thick, waisted heel and a prow-shaped toe. The bright yellow worsted wool reflects the wide range of colours and materials available. They would be used to match or complement the gown with which the shoe was worn.
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.510, 511-1928

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record createdFebruary 10, 2003
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