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Woman's Dress (Open Robe)

Artist/maker unknown, American. Fabric woven by Spitalfields, London, Englandin style of Anna Maria Garthwaite.

Made in United States, North and Central America

Silk: c. 1743-1753; Dress: original c. 1755, altered late 1770s - early 1790s

Silk taffeta brocaded with colored silks, and a flush pattern in the ground

Center Back Length: 58 1/2 inches (148.6 cm) Waist: 26 inches (66 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Miss Katharine Buckley, 1933

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According to family tradition, this dress belonged to Jane Galloway (1745-1801), who married Colonel Joseph Shippen (1732-1810) of Philadelphia in 1768. Jane Galloway was the daughter of John Galloway and Jane Roberts, wealthy Quakers living in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Between 1756 and 1760 Jane Galloway resided in Philadelphia, at which time her portrait was painted by the artist Benjamin West (English, born America, 1738-1820).