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Woman's dress

White long-sleeved dress, round neck (pinholes at front); front drawstring closure on bodice; piping and back drawstring closure on overbodice; drawnwork trim and cording on cuffs with triangular embroidery with single white button; full skirt with wide decorative border with rows of pin tucks...

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Inscription

Written in ink on fabric label sewn to inside waistband: "Gown 1820-1825, worn by Mrs. Benjamin Welles of Boston"

Provenance

Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Mrs. Benjamin Welles) (1784-1826) of Boston; Inherited by her granddaughter Miss Georgiana Welles Sargent (born 1858) of New York City; Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent, to MFA 1949

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent

Woman's day dress

possibly French, worn in America, early 1820s

Place of Use

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Place of Manufacture

possibly France

Accession Number

49.875

Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave (cambric and mull), linen plain weave (lining of overbodice)

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes