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Sketch of five coats and dresses

Sketch(es) by Charles James (American (born in England), 1906–1978)

Object Place: New York, New York, United States


Height x width: 31 1/8 x 16 9/16 in. (79 x 42 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ink and pencil on paper

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Prints and Drawings


Fashion illustration

Five sketches of four garments with handwritten notes regarding materials and construction taped to board. Sleeveless cocktail dress, tailored suit labeled “sable,” two sketches of wide “travel coat” with “fur lining” and short sleeve dress “waist/ at back/ 3 inches/ higher than front/low [circles with arrow pointing to waistline].” Arrow pointing to bodice with note “chiffon/over/shirt (?)/ silk” and notes regarding the skirt “stiff [underlined]/organza/embroidered/vermicelli.” Signed “Charles James/61”

Notes in (colored) pencil along top, bottom and right side of board read: “E211,” “5”,” “11” day,” “live cut,” “rush back,” and “number on back.” On reverse in pencil, “Charles James,” and in ink “4498.” Marked by red stamp are the date “May 11 1981” and a rectangle containing the following information: “No. E211/Women’s Wear/Fashion/Size 5” wide/Return to/M. Mazaraco.”


Charles James


By 2008, in collection of Kenneth Paul Block; gift of Block to the MFA (Accession date: March 25, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Kenneth Paul Block, made possible with the generous assistance of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf