Spitalfields woven silk Court dress: 18th century
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Spitalfields woven silk Court dress. Close-up photograph showing the details of the embroidery on a Court dress traditionally thought to have been worn by Mrs. Ann Fanshawe when her father, Crisp Gascoyne, was Lord Mayor of London in 1752-53. Mrs. Fanshawe acted as her father's Lady Mayoress as her mother had died in 1740. The dress was made from a Spitalfields woven white silk, brocaded with alternating motifs of silver cornucopia from which spill polychrome flowers, barley and hops, and silver merchant's packs, the ground covered with silver strip. The merchant's packs, barley and hops incorporated in the design of the silk allude to Crisp Gascoyne's profession as a London merchant and member and Master of the Brewers' Company.
1752 AD - 1753 AD