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Dress

Description

During the 1820s, the columnar gowns of the first two decades of the nineteenth century began to move towards the fuller skirts and wider sleeves associated with the Romantic era. While its fabric is very light with delicate woven feathers on a thin silk gauze, the trim of the dress has a much more masculine feel. Purple silk bars and gold faux buttons on the sleeves are reminiscent of military uniforms. Worn by Mary Pennington Rutter (1779–1850).

Creator

Date

1825-1828

Materials

Silk gauze, ribbon

Dimensions

52.5 inches (length - height), 28 inches (bust), 15 inches (shoulder)

Object ID

1956.84.7

Resource ID

300

Notes

Dress shown with modern purple ribbon belt.

Credit Line

Gift of Ms. Olive Rutter Parks & Miss Mary Alice Rutter

Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture

Rights

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