Young girl's spencer - ROM2010_11671_27

ROM2010_11671_27

Young girl's spencer

Medium:Roller-printed cotton tabby
Geography: Ireland
Date: 1835
Period: Textile c. 1825-1830, jacket c. 1835
Dimensions:
42 x 69 cm
Object number: 961.216.5.B
Credit Line: Collection of Mr. and Mrs. J.Y. Ormsby, late of Ballinamore House, Ireland. Gift of Mr. G.Y. Ormsby and his sister Mrs. Philip Ketchum.
Not on view
DescriptionThis young girl's jacket, called a spencer, was the height of fashion with its large gigot, or leg of mutton, sleeves. A green textile was striking at this time, as it was not until 1833 that new discoveries enabled direct printing of a fast green. Green was achieved by printing yellow over indigo blue; the white and chrome yellow were formed by chemical resists, and may have been hand blocked or printed by surface roller.The small repeat pattern of peacocks was printed from engraved rollers that were milled, a new machine process that was faster than etching by hand. Milling stimulated the production of finely detailed patterns that previously were expensive and difficult to realize.
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