18th century: Dark floral robe à l'anglaise

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Side view, robe à l'anglaise, worn à la polonaise, England, 1770-1780. Hand block printed cotton, called 'dark ground chintz'; quilted gold silk satin petticoat.

Side view, robe à l'anglaise, worn à la polonaise, England, 1770-1780. Hand block printed cotton, called 'dark ground chintz'; quilted gold silk satin petticoat.

Robe à l'anglaise, England, 1770-1780. Hand block printed cotton, called 'dark ground chintz'; quilted gold silk satin petticoat.

Robe à l'anglaise, England, 1770-1780. Hand block printed cotton, called 'dark ground chintz'; quilted gold silk satin petticoat.

Robe à l'Anglaise, 1790-95.

Robe à l'Anglaise, 1790-95.

A Dedicated Follower of Fashion: Dress in a Day: Amateur-style

A Dedicated Follower of Fashion: Dress in a Day: Amateur-style

Dress, ca. 1785.

Dress, ca. 1785.

BLOCK-PRINTED COTTON  British, ca. 1780–90, Although white-ground calicoes were more popular overall, dark colored grounds were particularly fashionable in the 1780s and 1790s. Barbara Johnson (1738–1825), a British woman of the rural gentry, kept a scrapbook of her dress fabrics; included among these is a black-ground calico with a small, trailing floral pattern (V T.219-1973), purchased in 1787, which is very similar to this example.

BLOCK-PRINTED COTTON British, ca. 1780–90, Although white-ground calicoes were more popular overall, dark colored grounds were particularly fashionable in the 1780s and 1790s. Barbara Johnson (1738–1825), a British woman of the rural gentry, kept a scrapbook of her dress fabrics; included among these is a black-ground calico with a small, trailing floral pattern (V T.219-1973), purchased in 1787, which is very similar to this example.

Dress  Date: ca. 1774 Culture: American Medium: cotton, linen

Dress Date: ca. 1774 Culture: American Medium: cotton, linen

Dress, ca. 1785.

Dress, ca. 1785.

Rococo Atelier - Brown floral print gown

Rococo Atelier - Brown floral print gown

Floral print round gown, c. 1780.

Floral print round gown, c. 1780.

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