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gown 1951.11

Object Name: gown & banyan

Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England
Date: 1760-1770

Accession Number: 1951.11
Image Copyright: ©Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • cotton
  • hand-painted

Hand mordant-painted and resist-printed cotton (hand woven in India), quilted and with attached waistcoat fronts. Cotton, painted with running sprig pattern enclosing small sprays in blue, red and fawn, probably painted in India: quilted, with plain cotton back, four sections, open centre front, sides wrapping over to fasten on opposite side with six tasselled cords, right over left, high standing collar fastened with covered button and buttonhole at neck, sleeves long with deep turn back cuffs, inner waistcoat front sewn to side seams, fastening to neck with twelve buttons, covered in red and white knitted cotton, pocket flaps, no pockets.
Reputedly worn by George lll, and presented by him to his Lord Chamberlain's secretary as a perquisite.
Imported Indian cottons were increasingly popular, even if banned, during the 1760s, leading to the repeal on this ban in 1774.


Type: Length (waistcoat)
Height: 75 cm

Type: Length (whole)
Height: 142.5