Apron

American
mid-18th century
Worn by Mehetable Stoddard (Hyslop) (American, 1719–1792)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

60 x 104 cm (23 5/8 x 40 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

49.1002

Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave embroidered with silk and gold and silver metal threads

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Apron embroidered with symmetrical embroidered design of flowers, leaves, and berries along sides and across bottom; large flower at center flanked by a pair of birds

Inscription

Written in ink on fabric label originally sewn to apron (now in object folder): "Apron, probably worn by Elizabeth (Hyslop) Sumner [1757-1810] about 1775-80. Marked 1906 by her great grandaughter Georgiana Welles Sargent"

Provenance

Originally thought to have been worn by Elizabeth Hyslop Sumner (1757-1810); More likely worn by her mother, Mehetable Stoddard Hyslop (1719-1792) of Boston, who married William Hyslop in 1750; Inherited by her great-great-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