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Woman's shift

Woman's fine linen shift, deeply scooped neck, short sleeves with bands of cartridge pleating across tops, openwork embroidery and a pattern of floral sprigs alternating with wreathes around neck and ends of sleeves, underarm gussets, brown stains and discoloration across front at bottom, small...

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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

Woman's chemise

French, worn in America, about 1821

Place of Use

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Place of Manufacture

Paris, France

Accession Number

49.901

Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with cotton embroidery

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes