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French or English


146 cm (57 1/2 in.); Legacy dimension: 1.46 from the shoulder to the bottom of the skirt

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; brocade

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



The ground is changeable silk, delicate pinkish violet, shading to brown and to oyster white; the design of connecting sprays of conventional flowers, (poppies, lilies, etc.) arranged to form an undulating line, is woven with light and dark pink, light and dark brown, light and dark green, violet light blue, yellow and white silk. The neck and front of the dress are edged with very narrow black velvet ribbon, a wider velvet ribbon finishes the sleeves. Worn by Mrs. Matthew Ridley a maternal ancestor of the donors, who was the daughter of Governor William Livingston of New Jersey, and was born about 1750. See notes on 17.1440-17.1445.


1770s/1780s, Matthew Ridley (b. 1746 - d. 1789), Baltimore; by descent to his daughter, Susan Anne Livingston Ridley (Mrs. Theodore Sedgwick; b. 1788 - d. 1867), Stockbridge, MA; to her son, Theodore Sedgwick, III (b. 1811 - d. 1859), Stockbridge; to his daughter, Susan Ridley Sedgwick (Mrs. Charles Eliot Norton; b. 1838 - d. 1872), Cambridge, MA; to her daughters, Sara, Elizabeth, and Margaret Norton, Cambridge; 1917, gift of Sara, Elizabeth, and Margaret Norton to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 5, 1917)

Credit Line

Gift of Misses Sara, Elizabeth Gaskell and Margaret Norton