This 1780s gown has a skirt of printed cotton and a silk bodice. This makes it look like two separate garments, although the two are sewn together. The cotton is printed in a pattern of pine trees, lilacs, dianthus, convolvulus and daisy trails. Like most gowns of the decade, the bodice is tight fitting at the back and closes in front. The round shape of the skirt is typical of the 1780s.


  • Title: Gown
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1770/1779
  • Location: England
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 177.0 cm shoulder to hem at centre back approx, Circumference: 88.0 cm bust under armholes approx, Width: 109.5 cm cotton, selvedge to selvedge approx, Length: 51.0 cm pattern repeat approx, Width: 41.0 cm pattern repeat approx
  • Provenance: Given by Miss M. L. Wethered
  • Medium: Silk, cotton, linen, silk thread, linen thread, whalebone; hand woven, block-printed, hand-sewn

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