A woman's gown of beige silk brocaded in floral sprays with coloured silks. The gown is open at the front with elbow-length sleeves, with a shaped, scalloped cuff on the right side. The bodice meets at the centre front. The bodice and sleeves are lined with various weights of linen. The gown is made of 4 widths of silk with a partial panel on each side of the front. The bodice is seamed to the skirts at the waist; the back is made of 4 shaped panels.

The gown has been remade and heavily pieced in the early 1780s. The green silk facings on the skirt fronts were probably added in the late 19th century; the beige silk skirt lining addedlater for Museum display.


  • Title: Gown
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1747
  • Location: Spitalfields
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 132.0 cm shoulder to hem at centre back approx, Circumference: 94.0 cm bust under armholes approx, Width: 54.0 cm silk, selvedge to selvedge approx
  • Provenance: Given by Messrs. Harrods
  • Medium: Silk, linen, silk thread, linen thread; hand-woven brocade, hand-sewn

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