French, worn in America
Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Welles) (American, 1784–1826)
Place of Manufacture: Paris, France; Place of Use: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Center front: 102.9 cm (40 1/2 in.) Center back: 118.1 cm (46 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Linen plain weave with cotton embroidery
Not On View
Woman’s fine linen shift, deeply scooped neck, short sleeves with bands of cartridge pleating across tops, openwork embroidery and a vine pattern around neck and ends of sleeves, underarm gussets
Written in ink on linen tag basted inside at bottom: "Caille M Wels"
Written in ink on fabric tag basted inside at bottom: "Chemise Mrs. B. Welles, probably made when in Paris 1821. Original mark by maker on it. Tagged 1906 by her grandaughter G. W. Sargent"
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
Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent