Man's linen shirt

About 1800

Object Place: America


102 x 88 cm (40 3/16 x 34 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with needleworked buttons

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Man’s linen shirt, open in front part way down, fastened with five small buttons covered with needle weaving, open at bottom on sides, long sleeves gathered into cuff and shoulder with gussets under the arms, high turned over collar, gussets at neck; F. Wayland No. 5 written in ink on lower right front; pearl button on neck.


About 1800, F. Wayland, probably Francis Wayland (b. 1772 - d. 1849), Providence, RI [see note]; by descent within the family, through his great-granddaughter, Helen Andrews Wayland Hudson (b. 1874 - d. 1952), Cranston, RI, to her daughter, Helen Howard Hudson Whipple (b. 1907 - d. 1999), Cranston; 1955, gift of Helen Howard Hudson Whipple to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 15, 1955)

NOTE: "F. Wayland No. 5" is written in ink on the lower right front of the shirt.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Helen Howard Hudson Whipple