Dress and fragment

American (Massachusetts)

Object Place: Massachusetts, United States


105.3 cm (41 7/16 in.); Legacy dimension: Detail: H: 21 in.; W: 20 in.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; Compound silk weaving

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



White ribbed silk brocaded in blue-green, blues and orange red (from Spitalfields, England, 1725-1730). Symmetrical design of central spray of decorative flowers and leaves flanked by interlacing ribbons. Said to have been worn by Lydia Hutchinson. (1723- ), daughter of Edward Hutchinson, Treasurer of Harvard College. These had been in the Museum since 1887, as the loan of the Misses Howe of Cambridge.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Lois Lilley Howe, Rev. Henry Pomeroy Horton, and Mr. Charles Dabney Horton in memory of Miss Elizabeth Howe Horton and Miss Aimee Alsop Horton