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Woman's cape

American
about 1855
Worn by Georgiana Welles (Sargent) (American, 1818–1879)


Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States; Place of Manufacture: United States

Dimensions

Other (Open): 210cm (82 11/16in.) Center back: 53 cm (20 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

49.909

Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave (taffeta) with silk embroidery

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Drab green taffeta cape; self-fabric pleated trim on outer border, scalloped and embroidered edge; self-fabric band and folded squares on inner border

Inscription

Written in ink on fabric label sewn to cape: "Mantilla about 1855 period Mrs. J. O. Sargent"

Provenance

Probably belonged to Georgiana Welles (Mrs. John O.) Sargent (born 1818); Inherited by her daughter 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