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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. Three women look on as another shows a book to a small girl, wearing a pink and white dress iwth matching booties. The women wear (from left to right) a light purple dress with large purple bows and black lace, a light brown dress with horizontal detailing and trim of a darker shade, a green dress with green ruffle trim, and a blue dress with thin vertical stripes and ruffles. “Mme. Demorests Mirror of Fashions. / 838 Broadway N.Y. / May 1871”


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