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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 54

This object consists of 2 parts, some of which may be located elsewhere.

Shirt

1697-1702 (made), 1760-1800 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Man’s shirt made of exceptionally fine linen known as ‘holland’ with a thread count of 180 warp × 140 weft per inch, sewn with linen thread. No selvedges are visible. It is ‘T-shaped’, constructed of rectangular pieces: body, collar, 2 sleeves, 2 shoulder straps, 2 cuffs, 2 sleeve gussets and 2 neck gussets. The side openings are reinforced with linen tape. The collar is 2½ inches deep, fastening with 3 linen passementerie buttons and worked button holes. The wristbands are 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide, with worked buttonholes at each end for fastening with sleeve buttons [cuff links].

The wrapping for the shirt is a piece of grey-blue wove paper.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Shirt
  • Shirt Paper
Materials and Techniques
Linen, paper; hand-weaving, hand-sewing
Brief Description
Man's linen shirt with 'HW' laundry mark, 1697-1702, English, and wrapping paper for it, 1760-1800
Physical Description
Man’s shirt made of exceptionally fine linen known as ‘holland’ with a thread count of 180 warp × 140 weft per inch, sewn with linen thread. No selvedges are visible. It is ‘T-shaped’, constructed of rectangular pieces: body, collar, 2 sleeves, 2 shoulder straps, 2 cuffs, 2 sleeve gussets and 2 neck gussets. The side openings are reinforced with linen tape. The collar is 2½ inches deep, fastening with 3 linen passementerie buttons and worked button holes. The wristbands are 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide, with worked buttonholes at each end for fastening with sleeve buttons [cuff links].



The wrapping for the shirt is a piece of grey-blue wove paper.
Dimensions
  • T.356 1980, overall length: 106.5cm (approx)
  • T.356 1980, shirt body width: 93.0cm (approx)
  • T.356 a 1980 length: 66.0cm (approx)
  • T.356 a 1980 width: 55.0cm (approx)
Marks and Inscriptions
  • HW / 10 (Laundry mark embroidered in cross stitch with brown silk on right front, top of side opening of the shirt)
  • A Shirt made for King William the Third (Handwritten in black ink and copperplate script on the shirt wrapper)
  • & given to Henry Watkins Esqr who was Gentleman of the Bedchamber to King William 3rd (Handwritten in black ink in a different hand below the first inscription on the shirt wrapper)
Object history
This shirt is said to have been made for King William III and given to his Gentleman of the Bedchamber, Henry Watkins, as a perquisite of his role.

Association
Collection
Accession Number
T.356-1980

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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