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This magnificent gown originally belonged to Ann Fanshawe, daughter of Crisp Gascoyne who became Lord Mayor of the City of London in November 1753. This type of dress with its very wide skirt and short train was called a ‘mantua’. Mantua gowns are first mentioned in England around the 1670s. The name might have been derived from the French word for coat, manteau, or from Mantua, the Italian town where expensive silks were produced. < ...Read more
H 1250 mm (shoulder to floor), H 320 mm (bodice), W 1280 mm (skirt at top), W 2180 mm (skirt at hem)
silk; metal; linen
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