Woman's dress

Possibly French, worn in America
1815–20
Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Welles) (American, 1784–1826)


Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Center back: 135.3 cm (53 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

49.874

Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave crepe with silk satin trim, metal hooks, silk plain weave lining (bodice)

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Yellow high-waisted dress with long sleeves and straight long skirt; trimmed with cream silk satin bands with piping across front and back of bodice (á la Hussar), double bands at cuffs, and five rows along hem; fullness at back of skirt with gathers at waistband; hook closures at back of bodice

Inscription

Written in ink on fabric label sewn inside bodice: "Dress Mrs. B. Welles, Boston, 1822-25, marked by her granddaughter G. W. Sargent 1906"

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