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probably French or English


72 cm (28 3/8 in.); Legacy dimension: .72 from the shoulder to the bottom of the garment

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; embroidery

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



White corded silk, small separate flowers worked with long and short stitch and light green, blue, pink, yellow, white and reddish violet silk, are scattered over the waistcoat; the edges and pockets are finished with fan-shaped forms, worked with light green, white and violet silk, and with straight lines of black silk. Embroidered buttons on the front. A little “pearl work” below pockets. The back has been taken out. Worn by Mr. Matthew Ridley, a maternal of the donors who died in 1789. See notes on 17.1440-17.1445.


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