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White sheer cotton dress; high waisted with low squared neckline and short puffed sleeves; long full skirt with triangular inserts and fullness and gathers at back; skirt embroidered with silver floral sprigs and an undulating vine; drawstring closures at back of neck and waist; back panel is a...

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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

possibly French, worn in America, around 1810

Place of Manufacture

possibly India (fabric and embroidery)

Place of Use

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Place of Manufacture

possibly France

Dimensions

Center back (overall): 128.9 cm (50 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

49.873

Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave (mull), embroidered with silver strips, silk twill tape (drawstrings), linen plain weave tape (interior, under bust)

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes