Overdress of a woman's robe à l’anglaise - ROM2019_17350_1

ROM2019_17350_1

Overdress of a woman's robe à l’anglaise

Medium:Chintz: cotton tabby, painted, mordant-dyed, resist-dyed
Geography: Dress made in England of Indian export fabric
Date: c. 1783
Dimensions:
157 x 132 cm
Object number: 969.85.5
On view
Gallery Location:Samuel European Galleries: Temporary Exhibition Space
Description

A "delicate flowered morning gown," made from an Indian chintz of indigo blue with red and pink carnations, with a precisely fitted bodice lined with linen for strength and boned in the elongated back. It was ordered in London for the trousseau of Mary Winifred Pulleine, heiress of Roddam, Dissington and Chirton, for her marriage to Walter Spencer-Stranhope of Cannon Hall, Yorkshire, on 21st October, 1783. The indigo blue cotton is painted with red and pink carnations paired with tiny borage and periwinkle flowers.

carnation, Dianthus caryophyllus; native to the Mediterranean regions. All dianthus flowers on Indian painted cottons are distinctly portrayed with fringed petals that spread above a tall base (the receptacle and calyx). The narrow leaves on this motif appear true-to-nature, or naturalistic.

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