Modesty

American
about 1815
Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Welles) (American, 1784–1826)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Center front: 14 cm (5 1/2 in.) Other (width): 50.8 cm (20 in.)

Accession Number

49.970

Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave (mull), cotton embroidery with cotton lace insertion stitches

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Modesty, pointed at bottom of center front, rounded collar with vine pattern embroidery interspersed with open diamond-shaped spaces with net inserts

Inscription

Written in ink on fabric label sewn at one end: "Mrs. Benjamin Wells Modesty Piece Empire Period about 1815"

Provenance

Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner Welles (Mrs. Benjamin Welles, 1784-1826) of Boston; Inherited by her granddaughter, 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