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Object Name: pet-en-l'air jacket

Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England
Date: 1780-90

Accession Number: 1999.171
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • cotton
  • stormont

informal sack-jacket or pet-en-l'air in undyed cotton, roller-printed with an all-over Stormont pins design in pinky brown. Sack back with 10 narrow pleats stitched down at shoulders and loose below; fronts and cuffs edged with ruffle-frill trim in self fabric; divided stomacher front with 6 striped silk ribbon ties each side; peplum gathered at side waist with pocket openings; elbow length sleeves with ruffle-frill trim at cuffs and button with linen loop at inner edge; linen lining to waist, with back lacing. Entirely hand stitched. Reputed to have belonged to Mrs David Garrick, wife of the celebrated actor.


Type: (L : 20 in)
Depth: 20 inches