Infant's dress

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


Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Center front: 57.2 cm (22 1/2 in.) Center back: 55.9 cm (22 in.)

Accession Number

49.933

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Cotton plain weave with cotton embroidery and withdrawn or deflected work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 square neckline; short gathered sleeves with eyelet embroidery and scalloped edges; front of bodice embroidered with eyelets, a scrolling leaf pattern and diagonal bands of openwork; center front of skirt embroidered with a band of openwork between vines and eyelets; hemline similarly embroidered with buttonhole edging; gathers at the back of neck and waistband with evidence of hook and eye closures (now lost)

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