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Dress, c. 1837-40. American. Silk.
Shawl, c. 1845. English. Wool and silk.
Shoes, 1841. American. Silk and leather.
Bonnet, 1837. American. Silk and cane. Judging by the number of surviving examples, every woman in the late 1830s or early 1840s must have owned at least one dress in this mellow, golden olive color. This, and similar soft shades of sage green, tan, and indescribable golden putty colors—various shades of “drab”—were the same contemplative earth-tone colors recommended in Gothic Revival architecture books and used in Romantic landscape paintings.

Details

  • Title: Dress, shawl, shoes, and bonnet
  • Date Created: c. 1837-1845
  • Location Created: United States, England
  • Provenance: Dress: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift from the Estate of Miss Laura B. Pease, through Dwight Pease, 1950.401 Shawl: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift of Mrs. Maria D. Thompson, The Thompson Collection, 1922.246 Shoes: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift of Miss A. Gertrude Ensign, 1946.261–262 Bonnet: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift of Miss Amy L. Steiner, 1950.531
  • Type: Costume
  • Original Source: Dress: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift from the Estate of Miss Laura B. Pease, through Dwight Pease, 1950.401 Shawl: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift of Mrs. Maria D. Thompson, The Thompson Collection, 1922.246 Shoes: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift of Miss A. Gertrude Ensign, 1946.261–262 Bonnet: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift of Miss Amy L. Steiner, 1950.531
  • Medium: Silk, wool, leather, cane
  • Date end: 1845

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