This gown and petticoat worn by Miss Sarah Boddicott, for her celebrations to her second cousin, Samuel Tyssen on 28 September 1779, at St John's church in Hackney, London. The delicate linear design reflects the influence of neoclassisal taste and is similar to surviving silk patterns woven by the London firm Batchelor, Ham and Perigal.

White and silver became popular colours for brides after Oliver Goldsmith's play, The Good-Natur'd Man was first performed in 1768.


  • Title: Gown
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1775/1780
  • Location: Spitalfields
  • Physical Dimensions: Width: 51.0 cm silk, selvedge to selvedge
  • Provenance: Given by Mrs R. Stock
  • Medium: Silk, linen, silk thread, linen thread, silver thread, silver spangles, silver strip, whalebone; hand woven textile and fringe, hand sewn

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