Painted silk, hand-sewn robe and petticoat, c. 1760-1770, from the Victoria and Albert Museum image collection

Painted silk, hand-sewn robe and petticoat, c. 1760-1770, from the Victoria and Albert Museum image collection

c. 1760-1770, England (made) and China (textile) sack back gown of painted silk, chenille, hand-sewn.  V

c. 1760-1770, England (made) and China (textile) sack back gown of painted silk, chenille, hand-sewn. V

Robe à la Française 1760s, Great Britain (made) and China (textile, painted) Painted silk, chenille, hand-sewn, V&A Museum

Robe à la Française 1760s, Great Britain (made) and China (textile, painted) Painted silk, chenille, hand-sewn, V&A Museum

This elegant robe and petticoat are fine examples of a woman's formal daywear in the early 1760s. In cut, fabric and design they were the height of fashion. The pattern on the silk is hand-painted. The fabric was first sized with alum to make the paint adhere. Next the design was drawn freehand in ink or silverpoint. A variety of pigments were used, including white lead or a chalk ground for the highlights.

This elegant robe and petticoat are fine examples of a woman's formal daywear in the early 1760s. In cut, fabric and design they were the height of fashion. The pattern on the silk is hand-painted. The fabric was first sized with alum to make the paint adhere. Next the design was drawn freehand in ink or silverpoint. A variety of pigments were used, including white lead or a chalk ground for the highlights.

Linen petticoat with wool embroidery // Flora and fauna detail on hem // American (colonial Vermont), mid 18th century | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Linen petticoat with wool embroidery // Flora and fauna detail on hem // American (colonial Vermont), mid 18th century | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Mantua    Place of origin:  England, Great Britain (made)   France (woven)    Date:  1755-1760 (made)   1753-1755 (woven)    Artist/Maker:  unknown (production)    Materials and Techniques:  Silk, silver-gilt thread, linen thread, silk thread, hand-sewn

Mantua Place of origin: England, Great Britain (made) France (woven) Date: 1755-1760 (made) 1753-1755 (woven) Artist/Maker: unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Silk, silver-gilt thread, linen thread, silk thread, hand-sewn

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