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  • Design
    Garthwaite, Anna Maria, born 1690 - died 1763
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  • Place of origin:

    Spitalfields (made)

  • Date:

    1742 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Garthwaite, Anna Maria, born 1690 - died 1763 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case T, shelf 86, box B

This is a design for a woven silk by Anna Maria Garthwaite. Garthwaite was the daughter of a clergyman, born in 1690. She is unlikely to have received the formal technical training usually considered necessary to take up such a profession, but in her later adult life she became a successful freelance textile designer who lived and worked in Spitalfields from about 1730 until her death in 1763. She was one of the leading pattern drawers in the English silk industry, producing as many as eighty designs a year to commissions from master weavers and mercers. Her interest in natural form and talent for depicting it characterised her designs throughout her working life.

Physical description

Faded. squared up in pencil and numbered for cords and dezines.

Place of Origin

Spitalfields (made)


1742 (made)


Garthwaite, Anna Maria, born 1690 - died 1763 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Mr Vauteir. July 26 1742'


Height: 46.4 cm, Width: 29.6 cm

Descriptive line

Design for a woven silk made by Anna Maria Garthwaite, Spitalfields, 1742.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Rothstein, Natalie. Silk Designs of the Eighteenth Century. London: Thames and Hudson Ltd, 1990. P351,. Ill. ISBN 0500235899.

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Designs; Textiles


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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