Robe à l'Anglaise, London (Spitalfields), c. 1740-1750. Silk lampasette brocaded with colored silks. The design of this fabric with large flowers and meandering ribbons is similar in style to those created between 1742 and 1745 by the foremost English silk designer of the eighteenth century, Anna Marie Garthwaite. Garthwaite's dated pattern books from about 1726 to 1756 provide a guide to the dating of surviving English silk fabrics, the designs of which changed seasonally.
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