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Riding habit ensemble

Riding habit ensemble

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool lined with silk twill, canvas and whalebone

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Morison

  • Museum number:

    T.158 to D-1962

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Tailored woollen garments were popular in the 19th century for riding as they were hard wearing and weather-resistant. Gradually demand grew for stylish, practical outfits suited for a wide range of activities including walking, shopping and travelling. By the 1870s the tailored look for women, consisting of a jacket and skirt, had really begun to take hold.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Wool lined with silk twill, canvas and whalebone


Width: 80 cm, :

Historical context note

The average lady rider wore a plethora of undergarments beneath the simplicity of her habit. A manual of the period specificed combinations of fine lambs-wool made with little trunks 'to prevent rucking up', with lightly-boned corsets. The more matronly needed a bust-bodice in order to avoid 'the bust from spreading under the arms'.


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