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Design

1749 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Watercolour on paper
Brief Description
Design for a woven silk made by Anna Maria Garthwaite, Spitalfields, 1749.
Physical Description
Patched. Partly squared up for cords and dezines in pencil.
Dimensions
  • Design height: 39.4cm
  • Design width: 25.4cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'Mr Vauteir. March 1. 1749'
Subject depicted
Summary
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.
Bibliographic Reference
Rothstein, Natalie. Silk Designs of the Eighteenth Century. London: Thames and Hudson Ltd, 1990. P351,. Ill. ISBN 0500235899.
Collection
Accession Number
5987:1

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record createdFebruary 10, 2004
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