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

    Spitalfields (made)

  • Date:

    1747 (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 192, box A

Anna Maria Garthwaite was born in 1690 and became one of the leading pattern drawers in the English silk industry despite the likelihood that she did not receive the formal technical training usually considered necessary to take up such a profession. She produced as many as 80 commissioned designs a year, such as this one, for master weavers and mercers. She lived and worked in Spitalfields, London from about 1730 until her death in 1763. Her interest in natural form--and her talent for depicting it--characterized her designs throughout her professional life.

Physical description

Squared up in pencil and numbered for cords and dezines. The colour key refers to the three types of metal thread required for this waistcoat. We would call the 'Dark yellow' orange.

Place of Origin

Spitalfields (made)


1747 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Mr Lekeux. Octor 23 1747 / Dark yellow plate / Light yellow plain / Gray Frosted'


Height: 48.6 cm design, Width: 30.2 cm design

Object history note

A waistcoat woven from this design is in the Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Rococo catalogue N12

Descriptive line

Design for a woven silk made by Anna Maria Garthwaite, Spitalfields, 1747.

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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