Anna Maria Garthwaite British
Woven by John Sabatier

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 513

By the early 1700s, after centuries as a minor silk weaving center, London had surpassed Italy for fashionable silk production, with English and immigrant Huguenot weavers rivaling their popular French counterparts. The elegant silks on view here epitomize the work of the skillful designer Anna Maria Garthwaite. Her painted patterns survive in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, dated and annotated with technical notes and often with the names of weavers to whom Garthwaite sold her designs.

Length, Anna Maria Garthwaite (British, 1690–1763), Silk, British, London, Spitalfields

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