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DAR Museum Reproduction by Burnley & Trowbridge Co.100% Cotton 50 inches widePrinted textiles by the mid-18th century were extremely popular and could be within the affordability of even the lower sorts. The English printers were versatile in their printing and the patterns were wide and varied. One color prints to multi colored chintz all could be had. Any pattern done in India, could find a counterpart in England. A popular method of creating interest cheaply was to add a background to the print. This was often done with nails put into the printing block to create a spotted ground. Our print is a reproduction of a cotton made into a transitional gown for a little girl dated 1780-90 in the collection of The DAR Museum. Accession Number 2006.35 The date is derived based on the style of the gown as well as similar prints found in other collections It has no provenance and could have been a French or English print. Our cotton is a smooth finish of medium light weight with a good drape. Based on this and similar prints in surviving garments this print would be well suited to Lady's and Children's gowns, and jackets, accessories, pieced linings and hem bands as seen in original garments, as well as Men's wrapping gowns.
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