Woman's Dress (Open Robe)
Artist/maker unknown, American. Fabric woven by Spitalfields, London, Englandin style of Anna Maria Garthwaite.
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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).