Woman's underdress

Woman's petticoat

American
early 19th century
Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Welles) (American, 1784–1826)


Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Center Front: 117.5 cm (46 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

49.876

Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave, cotton embroidery, cotton twill tape, linen plain weave tape

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

White high-waisted underdress, drawstrings at neck and waist, narrow shoulder straps, back tie closure, embroidered with large-scale scrolling floral motifs with meandering vine and bands of dots along bottom edge of skirt; hole in skirt at center front

Inscription

Written in ink on fabric label sewn at back: "petticoat 1820-1825 Mrs. B. Welles, Boston"

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