Woman's dress

possibly French, worn in America
around 1810
Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Welles) (American, 1784–1826)


Place of Manufacture: possibly France; Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States; Place of Manufacture: possibly India (fabric and embroidery)

Dimensions

Center back (overall): 131.4 cm (51 3/4 in.) Other (bodice): 17.8 x 63.5 cm (7 x 25 in.) Other (back panel): 92.4 cm (36 3/8 in.) Center front: 123.2 cm (48 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

49.873

Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave (mull), embroidered with silver strips, silk twill tape (drawstrings), linen plain weave tape (interior, under bust)

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Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

White sheer cotton dress; high waisted with low squared neckline and short puffed sleeves; long full skirt with triangular inserts and fullness and gathers at back; skirt embroidered with silver floral sprigs and an undulating vine; drawstring closures at back of neck and waist; back panel is a full width of cloth

Provenance

Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (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