Woman’s summer day dress - ROM2012_12736_14

ROM2012_12736_14

Woman’s summer day dress

Medium:Roller printed cotton tabby
Geography: Textile perhaps made in Scotland, dress made in USA
Date: 1868-1872
Dimensions:
165 x 125 cm
Object number: 953.17.1
Credit Line: GIFT OF MRS. PHILIP BUTT
Not on view
Description

This fine, muslin dress was so well-liked and worn that it was carefully mended. The textile was printed in a vertical repeat pattern of thistles. Today, the mauve of the thistle flower has almost entirely faded due to washing and exposure to light.

Muslin printing was a specialty of Scottish printer works, and the thistle motif suggests a Scottish origin. The design is likely influenced by Adolphe Braun, who was trained as a textile designer before he turned to photography. In 1854 he published photographs of flowers, Fleurs photographiées, which were highly influential for textile designs. The stipple engraved roller could produce fine details that were later realized with photographic techniques.

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