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1770-1785 silk suit (1952.359)

Object Name: suit

Place of Creation: Europe, France
Date: 1770-1785

Accession Number: 1952.359/3
Image Copyright: ©Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • silk
  • velvet
  • satin
  • cotton
  • embroidering

Purple velvet coat and breeches, lavishly embroidered with naturalistic flowers; white satin waistcoat, similarly embroidered.
Coat : lined white satin, except sleeves lined cream twilled silk high standing collar, fronts curving away to sides, fastenings with two hooks and eyes, with ten embroidered buttons and two buttonholes; pocket, white linen, each side with shaped flap; back in two shaped sections continuing to form centre back of skirt, open from waist; rest of skirt in two sections, each extending from front to back and seamed at waist; open and pleated from waist each side of back, caught with button and stitching at hem and with stitching 9 in. above; long fitting sleeves in two sections with wider cuffs; embroidered with net applique and coloured silks with lilies of the valley, narcissi, forget-me-nots and other flowers mainly in satin stitch, on collar, neck and front edges, on pocket flaps and surrounds, cuffs, centre back and side-back slits; three embroidered buttons beneath each pocket flap, one at top of each side back slit, three on each cuff.
Breeches: wide waistband lined white cotton with six horn buttons along top edge, fastening with three buttons at centre front; white cotton gusset centre back fastening with two straps and two tabs with buttonholes; front flap lined cream twilled silk fastening with two buttons, short slit near top of centre seam; pocket, white cotton, each side, extending from front to side, front lined cream twilled silk, fastening at side with button; small deep slit pocket, white cotton, in waistband each side of front opening; knee fastening, lined white cotton, with five buttons and band embroiderd with forget-me-nots in coloured silks, mainly in satin stitch, fastening inside with pearl button waistcoat: front white satin, embroidered, lined white satin; back and back lining white cotton front fastening to high round neck with twelve embroidered buttons and buttonholes; T-shaped join near shoulder on each side; flared skirt seamed at and cut away below lowest button; pocket with shaped flap at seam level; front and bottom edges and pocket flap with embroidery like that on coat but with slightly different colouring and with the net applique over pink satin insertion; small flowers and leaves over rest of fronts; pocket flaps outlined in brown; back with centre seam open below waist with overlap; slit sides.
Worn by Sir John Thomas Stanley of Alderley, Cheshire, (6th Bt. 1735 = 1807)


Type: Length (waistcoat)
Height: 70 cm

Type: Length (coat)
Height: 110