Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Dress

Date:
ca. 1760
Culture:
British
Medium:
silk, linen, cotton
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arlene Cooper Fund and Polaire Weissman Bequest Fund, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.374a–c
Not on view
Monochrome, but in a bright canary yellow guaranteed to catch anyone's attention across a room, this exceptionally well-preserved robe à la française with trimmings represents the apogee of the form. The absence of ornament, other than basic ruffles, makes this a museum object easy to read: it is a perfect teaching example, free from distractions and affirming thereby the adorned beauty of eighteenth-century silhouette and style, so often masked under frills and coquetry.
Related Objects

Robe à la Française

Date: 1740s Medium: silk, pigment, linen Accession: 1995.235a, b On view in:Not on view

Court dress

Date: ca. 1750 Medium: silk, metallic thread Accession: C.I.65.13.1a–c On view in:Not on view

Jacket

Date: ca. 1616 Medium: linen, silk, metal Accession: 23.170.1 On view in:Not on view

Waistcoat

Artist: Textile by Anna Maria Garthwaite (British, 1690–1763) Date: 1747 Medium: silk, wool, metallic Accession: C.I.66.14.2 On view in:Not on view

Riding coat

Date: ca. 1760 Medium: silk, goat hair Accession: 1976.147.1 On view in:Not on view