Requires Photography

Man's coat

probably English or American


Overall: 107cm (42 1/8in.) Center back: 104.1 cm (41 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk voided velvet with uncut pile

Out on Loan

On display at Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, August 27, 2017 – December 31, 2017


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Light golden brown uncut velvet brocade. The design consists of lines and blocks of loops and blocks of satin-like surface. Low standing collar, velvet buttons. Worn by Matthew Ridley, a maternal ancestor of the donors.


1770s/1780s, Matthew Ridley (b. 1746 - d. 1789), Baltimore; by descent to his daughter, Susan Anne Livingston Ridley (Mrs. Theodore Sedgwick; b. 1788 - d. 1867), Stockbridge, MA; to her son, Theodore Sedgwick, III (b. 1811 - d. 1859), Stockbridge; to his daughter, Susan Ridley Sedgwick (Mrs. Charles Eliot Norton; b. 1838 - d. 1872), Cambridge, MA; to her daughters, Sara, Elizabeth, and Margaret Norton, Cambridge; 1917, gift of Sara, Elizabeth, and Margaret Norton to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 5, 1917)

Credit Line

Gift of the Misses Sara, Elizabeth Gaskell and Margaret Norton