The embroidery on the skirt of this long gown is unusally flamboyant for such a garment, and may well be Indian in origin. The fabric may have been intended for light furnishing use, such as cradle drapes or a dressing table cover. The flowers are stylized, but the larger blooms suggest some types of china aster, which were extremely popular in the nineteenth century, many new varities being developed and grown.


  • Title: Long gown
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1845/1854
  • Location: England
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 106 cm centre back, Circumference: 171.5 cm at hem, Length: 41¾ in centre back, Circumference: 67½ in at hem
  • Provenance: Given by Miss Joan Hassall
  • Medium: White muslin, embroidered finished with a scalloped hem, drawstring and a pearl button

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