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Apron

A work made of cotton, plain weave; drawnwork and embroidery
in cotton, satin, buttonhole, chain, and double chain stitches with linen thread.
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  • A work made of cotton, plain weave; drawnwork and embroidery
in cotton, satin, buttonhole, chain, and double chain stitches with linen thread.

Date:

1760s

Artist:

England

About this artwork

This apron mimics lace in its play of translucence and opacity. Fine sheer cotton muslin, imported to Europe from India, played a crucial role in fashion starting in the 1780s, but in this earlier example the embroidery motifs worked on the muslin are drawn from a traditional English vocabulary of stylized flowers. No ordinary kitchen apron, this accessory would have formed part of an elegant ensemble for a stroll in the park.

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Title

Apron

Origin

England

Date

Made 1760–1769

Medium

Cotton, plain weave; drawnwork and embroidery in cotton, satin, buttonhole, chain, and double chain stitches with linen thread

Dimensions

200.7 × 104.1 cm (79 × 41 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Crane Chadbourne

Reference Number

1931.210

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