This 1830s day dress is made of challis printed with a realistic design of wild strawberries, bamboo, pinks and anemones. In the nineteenth century a fascination with flowers in printed textile design was nothing new, but during the 1830s it received a new impetus. Technical improvements to the printing process and advances in dye chemistry meant that floral prints could be mass-produced at low prices, and the repeal of excise duty on printed textiles in 1831 helped to reduce costs.

Inspiration for floral designs came from a variety of sources, including botanical engravings, pattern books and plants grown in gardens and conservatories.


  • Title: Dress
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1837/1840
  • Location: Great Britain
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 119 cm Top centre bust to hem (front of dress), Circumference: 28.5 cm Waist
  • Provenance: Given by Miss E. Tucker
  • Medium: Printed challis, lined with glazed cotton and linen

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