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Fashion Plate

Published by Mme. Demorest's Mirror of Fashions (American, 1866–1877)

Object Place: New York, New York, United States


Overall: 31.8 x 22.9 cm (12 1/2 x 9 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ink and color on paper

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Fashion plate illustrating nineteenth century women’s fashion. Four women and a small girl, wearing a plaid dress with a large black sash, are depicted. The women wear (from left to right) a brown dress with fringe and pleats, a cobalt blue dress with heavy black bows and trim, a red dress with black lace and a red and white striped underskirt, and a gray dress with a subdued brown underskirt. “Mme Demorest’s Mirror of Fashions. / 838 Broadway N.Y. / December 1869” *

* “838 Broadway N.Y. / December 1869” have faded almost beyond recognition


By about 2004, purchased by Susan Ward of Lexington, MA at an antique fair in Amherst, NH; purchased from Ward by Doris May of Chestnut Hill, MA; gift of May to the MFA (Accession date: September 16, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Doris May