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Mantua  Place of origin: England, Great Britain (made)  Date: ca. 1720 (made)  Materials and Techniques: Silver brocaded silk, lined and faced with silk  Museum number: T.88 to C-1978 "By the early 18th century, the mantua was worn by women as formal day wear. The pale blue silk of this example is brocaded in silver in a large-scale pattern of fantastic fruits and leaves, a typical design for the 1720s. The train of the gown is folded up and the sides held back with a loop and button."

A woman's mantua of blue silk, brocaded with silver, and three fragments, England, ca. Museum Number to

Rear view, robe à l'anglaise, 1770s. Blue silk damask with large-scale floral and foliate pattern.

Rear view, robe à l'anglaise, Blue silk damask with large-scale floral and foliate pattern.

Robe a l’anglaise ca. 1785-93 From the Philadelphia Museum...

Woman's Dress (Robe à l'anglaise) with Zone Front c. Indian export fine cotton plain weave with silver foil embroidery in stem and satin stitches; sized fine cotton plain weave Center back length: 61 inches cm) Waist: 22 inches cm)


Robe a l'anglaise. Multi-color floral pattern on cream ground with brown throughout. Ogee motif enclosing central flower and lace-like bands, pleated front neckline, elbow length sleeves with four ruffles. Pleated around waist, bodice lined with linen.