Dress

French
about 1805


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Other (Center front): 121.9cm (48in.) Center back: 210.8 cm (83 in.)

Accession Number

1989.347

Medium or Technique

Embroidered white cotton mull

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

White cotton empire-style dress with drawstring neckline, puffed sleeves with white satin ribbon tie; trained skirt. White cotton floral embroidery. Worn by Sarah Bowdoin (1761-1826), wife of Hon. James Bowdoin (1752-1811), U.S. Minister to Spain and Associate Minister to France, ca. 1801-1809.
Condition: Good. A few brown spots, concentrated mainly at back.

Provenance

Worn by Sarah Bowdoin (1761-1826), wife of Hon. James Bowdoin (1752-1811), U.S. Minister to Spain and Associate Minister to France, about 1801-1809; decended through Bowdoin family; gift of Bowdoin family decendents in memory of Helen Kingsford Preston to MFA, 1989.

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Helen Kingsford Preston