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Wrapping Gown

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

Wrapping gowns were a form of daytime clothing worn by babies and young children between about 1700 and 1800. They were loose fitting, but often worn with a sash around the waist. While a wrapping gown for an adult seems to have been some sort of nightgown, the adoption of wrapping gowns and other similar garments for children as daywear was probably influenced by Asian clothing given to the families of those who had trade links with the region. Lord Shelburne's two year old son Lord Fitmaurice had a 'jummer' (jama) of flowered gauze over blue silk in 1768.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Printed cotton
Brief Description
For a young child: cream coloured cotton printed with a design in red; English, c.1750
Physical Description
Child's wrapping gown of cream coloured cotton printed in red with flowers, foliage and lozenges. The gown has a rounded neck and straight sleeves which end in self fabric cuffs; it opens the full length of the front and has no fastenings.
Dimensions(from original record) Length 25½ inches; width (with sleeves) 19½ inches
Credit line
Given by Mr G. L. Nussey
Object history
Said to have been worn by Benjamin Wetherell of Morley, near Leeds, born in 1716.

Gift of Mr G L Nussey (RF 1919/6352)
Subjects depicted
Summary
Wrapping gowns were a form of daytime clothing worn by babies and young children between about 1700 and 1800. They were loose fitting, but often worn with a sash around the waist. While a wrapping gown for an adult seems to have been some sort of nightgown, the adoption of wrapping gowns and other similar garments for children as daywear was probably influenced by Asian clothing given to the families of those who had trade links with the region. Lord Shelburne's two year old son Lord Fitmaurice had a 'jummer' (jama) of flowered gauze over blue silk in 1768.
Collection
Accession Number
T.879-1919

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record createdJuly 1, 2009
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