Woman's dress (two bodices, skirt, shawl)

Woman's wedding or evening dress (two bodices, skirt, shawl)

about 1854

Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Other (center front x bust): 49.5 x 72.4 cm (19 1/2 x 28 1/2 in.) Other (center back x waist): 50.8 x 61 cm (20 x 24 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Watered silk plain weave (taffeta moiré), trimmed with silk ribbon, silk machine net, and bobbin lace

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Long sleeve, ivory, silk moiré day bodice or basquine with slight flare at hips and “pagoda” sleeves; front closure with seven hooks and four eyes (some missing); collar front and waist trimmed with box pleated satin ribbon; thread remnants across back collar and down front and above cuffs (once rimmed with lace, now removed)


Written on fabric label sewn inside bodice: "Waist of wedding dress of Georgiana Welles/ Had trimming and sleeves edged with point appliqué to match scarf veil/ Married John Osborn Sargent January 1854"

Written on photocopied label now located in object folder (location of original label unknown): "Wedding Dress, high neck waist worn Jan 17th 1854 by Georgiana Welles when married to John Osborn Sargent at Old Trinity Church in Boston by Bishop Eastburn-- Extra Low neck waist--"


Dress worn by Georgiana Welles (b. 1818) for her wedding to John Osborn Sargent (1811-1891) on February 17, 1854 at Old Trinity Church in Boston; 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