Dress fabric

Garthwaite, Anna Maria1740

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

Dress fabric of silk, part of a dismembered petticoat. The ground is a finely ribbed cream silk brocaded in four shades of pink, white, yellow, black and brown. There are two complete loom widths with three green stripes in each selvedge, joined with smaller pieces patched together above as the petticoat is gathered into a waistband. There is a 1.5 inches frill of the same silk attached near the hem. The design of the silk is of meandering slender branches from which large non-naturalistic blooms are hanging. There is not a complete repeat in the silk.

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  • Title: Dress fabric
  • Creator: Garthwaite, Anna Maria
  • Date Created: 1740
  • Location: Spitalfields
  • Physical Dimensions: Width: 35 in, Width: 89 cm, Length: 41.5 in, Length: 105.5 cm
  • Medium: Brocaded silk