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Woman's shift

Woman's chemise

French, worn in America
about 1821
Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Welles) (American, 1784–1826)


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

Dimensions

Center front: 104.8 cm (41 1/4 in.) Center back: 118.7 cm (46 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

49.896

Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with cotton embroidery

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Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Woman’s fine linen shift, deeply scooped neck, short sleeves with raw edges, openwork embroidery and a grapevine pattern around neck, two eyelets inside neckline at center, underarm gussets, brown stains across bottom on center front

Inscription

Written in ink on linen tag basted inside at bottom: "Caille [a few small illegible marks] W L"

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