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Fashion Plate

American
1870
Published by Mme. Demorest's Mirror of Fashions (American, 1866–1877)


Object Place: New York, New York, United States

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

2009.4558

Medium or Technique

Ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Fashion plate illustrating nineteenth century women’s fashion. Three women entertain two children on a lavish patio setting. The women wear (from left to right) an ornate pale purple dress with purple ruffles, tiers and detailing, a cream dress with plack trim and large buttons on the chest, and a white dress with an assortment of ruffles and bows trimmed in copper. The little girls wear frilly dresses of white and pink or blue. “Mme Demorest’s Mirror of Fashions. / 838 Broadway N.Y. / August 1870”

Provenance

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