Woman's dress (dress and bertha)

American
1815–20


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

Dimensions

Center Front: 133 cm (52 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

49.882a-b

Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave (taffeta), silk satin edging

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Mint green dress with woven black and white geometric stripes, short puffed sleeves with long sleeves with ruffled cuffs now permanently set in, high-waisted bodice with multiple horizontal pleats and white lining, back of bodice also with horizontal pleats and two original seams, long full skirt ending in four rows of self-fabric ruffles finished with green satin piping, fullness gathered at back of skirt; alterations include poorly attached sleeves, re-worked bodice with some seams let out and others taken in, skirt lengthened and ruffle removed

Provenance

Inherited by 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