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French or English


71 cm (27 15/16 in.); Legacy dimension: .71 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 satin, small separate sprays of flowers and leaves worked with chain-stitch and black and gray silk are scattered over the fronts of the waistcoat. Vines and festoons of flowers are embroidered on the edges and lapels of the pockets with black and gray silk and chenille. The back has been taken out. Embroidered buttons. Worn by Mr. Matthew Ridley, a maternal ancestor of the donors. 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