Woman's Dress (Robe à l'anglaise)

Artist/maker unknown, American and English

Made in Spitalfields (silk), London, England, Europe
Assembled in United States, North and Central America

Silk: c. 1742-1745; Dress: c. 1740-1750

Silk lampasette brocaded with colored silks

Center Back Length: 58 inches (147.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Ronald Schloesser, Kenneth Schloesser, Louis Schloesser, and David Akers in memory of Mildred Schloesser Hobson, 1995

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The design of this fabric with large flowers and meandering ribbons is similar in style to those created between 1742 and 1745 by the foremost English silk designer of the eighteenth century, Anna Marie Garthwaite. Garthwaite's dated pattern books from about 1726 to 1756 provide a guide to the dating of surviving English silk fabrics, the designs of which changed seasonally.