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Man's coat

probably English or American


Overall: 107cm (42 1/8in.) Center back: 104.1 cm (41 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk voided velvet with uncut pile

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Light golden brown uncut velvet brocade. The design consists of lines and blocks of loops and blocks of satin-like surface. Low standing collar, velvet buttons. Worn by Matthew Ridley, a maternal ancestor of the donors.


1770s/1780s, Matthew Ridley (b. 1746 - d. 1789), Baltimore; by descent to his daughter, Susan Anne Livingston Ridley (Mrs. Theodore Sedgwick; b. 1788 - d. 1867), Stockbridge, MA; to her son, Theodore Sedgwick, III (b. 1811 - d. 1859), Stockbridge; to his daughter, Susan Ridley Sedgwick (Mrs. Charles Eliot Norton; b. 1838 - d. 1872), Cambridge, MA; to her daughters, Sara, Elizabeth, and Margaret Norton, Cambridge; 1917, gift of Sara, Elizabeth, and Margaret Norton to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 5, 1917)

Credit Line

Gift of the Misses Sara, Elizabeth Gaskell and Margaret Norton