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Waistcoat

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1770 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered satin

  • Museum number:

    652A-1898

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Physical description

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

England (made)

Date

ca. 1770 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered satin

Dimensions

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'.

Materials

Satin; Thread; Cotton net; Chenille thread

Techniques

Embroidery

Categories

Embroidery; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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