1750 to 1800ish Clothes
Italian 18th century stage costume worn in private court performances at the Meleto Castle, Tuscany
Tambour embroidery detail of petticoat, 1790, England, of Indian muslin. Museum of London
1797 pattern for an open gown in Nora Waugh’s The Cut of Women’s Clothes 1600-1930 marshallhousedres...
Wedding Dress, ca.1770, American Colonies, Green brown silk brocade. Low square neckline and elbow-length sleeves. No accompanying underskirt. homespun linen lining of this gown was taken and scraped into lint and used for dressing wounds of the American Revolutionary War soldiers in the year 1776. (Transcribed from information sewn onto dress.) Chicago History Museum
Stays 1785-1790, 18th century 39.8 cm
Detail, Mary, Countess Howe by Gainsborough, 1763 Five strands of pearls about neck, transparent gauze fichu with embroidered edge covering decolletage, pretty pink silk gown, bow at elbow length sleeve to draw attention to three tiers of delicate lace ruffles (engageantes), black velvet band around wrist, gossamer thin apron, black silk shoes with gold/brass buckle.
Suzanna Beckford, 1756, Sir Joshua Reynolds. Probably commissioned as a marriage portrait. Susannah Beckford (d.1803) was the sole heir to the fortune amassed by her father, Richard Love of Basing Park, Hampshire. In February 1755 she married Francis Beckford (d. 1768), son of the Governor of Jamaica, who accumulated vast wealth from sugar & the slave trade. According to the London Magazine for 1755 Susannah's personal wealth at the time of her marriage was 20,000 pounds. (c) TATE