- Place of origin:
ca. 1770 (made)
- Materials and Techniques:
- Museum number:
- Gallery location:
Beatrix Potter found some of the inspiration for her book The Tailor of Gloucester at the South Kensington Museum (now the V&A). She told her editor, Norman Warne, 'I have been delighted to find I may draw some most beautiful 18th century clothes at S. Kensington museum'. This waistcoat, which the Museum acquired in 1898, is one piece she copied for her illustrations, and it appears several times in the book.
The waistcoat would have been part of a dress suit worn by men at formal occasions. The embroidery was worked in a professional workshop, with coloured silk in stem, satin stitches. The front edges are laid with cotton net and edged with couched chenille thread.
Waistcoat; cream satin, embroidered with coloured silk in stem, satin stitches; front edges laid with cotton net and edged with couched chenille thread.
Place of Origin
ca. 1770 (made)
Materials and Techniques
Length: 71 cm nape to waistcoat points, Width: 44 cm across chest, Width: 94 cm Chest circumference
Historical context note
Beatrix Potter found some of the inspiration for her book 'The Tailor of Gloucester' at the South Kensington Museum (now the V&A). She told her editor, Norman Warne, 'I have been delighted to find I may draw some most beatiful 18th century cloths at S. Kensington museum'.
silk, 1775-1785, English; Beatrix Potter, Tailor of Gloucester, embroidered
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
The Ultimate Peter Rabbit. A Visual Guide to the World of Peter Rabbit, Dorling Kindersley, p.40
Satin; Thread; Cotton net; Chenille thread
Embroidery; Europeana Fashion Project
Textiles and Fashion Collection