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Boy's Robe

ca. 1750 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This boy's robe dates from a era when young boys in Europe wore garments with skirts, a custom with unclear origins, but which most likely had to do with making it easier for them to urinate. The style was common until about 1920. A boy usually received his first breeches or trousers between four and seven years of age, sometimes in a special ceremony held by the family.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silk
Brief Description
Boy's robe of bronze-coloured silk made in France in about 1750
Physical Description
Boy's robe of unlined bronze-coloured silk, the fabric woven in a self-coloured vertical pattern of zig-zag stems bearing leaves and flowers. The garment has a V-shaped neck front which is rounded at the back, close-fitting wrist-length sleeves, and wide flaring skirts. A broad full-length robing of self fabric runs from neck to hem at each side of the front, and gives the impression of an over-garment. The robe, which opens the length of the front, originally fastened down the chest with five buttons and stitched buttonholes.
Dimensions
  • Length: 68.6cm
Credit line
Given by Miss M. Dawson
Object history
Given by Miss Marion Dawson (RF 20/ 8658). Part of a group of adult's and children's costumes (Circ.781-1920 and T 356 to 367-1920) from the collection of her late sister Miss Kathleen Dawson.
Summary
This boy's robe dates from a era when young boys in Europe wore garments with skirts, a custom with unclear origins, but which most likely had to do with making it easier for them to urinate. The style was common until about 1920. A boy usually received his first breeches or trousers between four and seven years of age, sometimes in a special ceremony held by the family.
Collection
Accession Number
T.362-1920

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record createdFebruary 26, 2004
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