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A woman's gown of green and white silk figured in a pattern of pastoral landscape with trees, buildings, birds and a fence, and brocaded with flowers in shades of pink and blue silk. The gown is open at the front with robings to the waist and elbow-length sleeves with pinked and scalloped double sleeve ruffles. The bodice is lined with linen and the sleeves with white silk taffeta. The gown is made of 10 widths of silk.

The gown was been altered for fancy dress in the late 19th century. The back of the bodicenwas cut out and made into a stomacher. Four additional widths of silk (possibly from a petticoat) were added to the centre back of the skirts and the bodice reconfigured. A new linen bodice lining, boned at each front and with eyelet holes, was added. The robings were unpicked. The new stomacher was sewn to the bodice lining on the right hand side. A band of ruched silk was added to the back neckline. A facing of green cotton was added at the hem, possibly for display.

Details

  • Title: Gown
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1730/1739
  • Location: Spitalfields
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 156.0 cm shoulder to hem at centre back approx, Circumference: 97.0 cm bust under armholes approx, Width: 42.5 cm silk, selvedge to selvedge
  • Provenance: Given by Messrs. Harrods
  • Medium: Silk, linen, cotton; silk thread, linen thread; hand-woven, hand-sewn

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