Infant's dress

American or Indian
about 1820
Worn by Georgiana Welles (Sargent) (American, 1818–1879)


Place of Manufacture: (fabric) India; Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Center front: 68.6 cm (27 in.) Center back: 68.6 cm (27 in.)

Accession Number

49.932

Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave with cotton embroidery and withdrawn or deflected work

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Infant’s dress with overall patern of embroidered dots (dotted swiss), square neckline with drawstring, open back with two covered buttons at neck and waist, short sleeves with two inserted bands embroidered in leaf pattern, leaf and blossom pattern embroidered across top of bodice above large embroidered blossom, high plain waistband, scalloped hemline embroidered with two thin bands of openwork between three bands of scrolling leaf and blossom patterns

Inscription

Written in ink on fabric label sewn to dress: "Infant's Dress, about 1820 Benjamin Welles family, Boston."

Provenance

May have been worn by Elizabeth Welles (born 1816) or her sister, Georgiana Welles (born 1818), both of Boston; Inherited by their niece and daughter, respectively, Miss Georgiana Welles Sargent (born 1858) of New York City; Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent, to MFA 1949

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent