Two designs for embroidered borders to petticoats and open gowns, 1780s. Museum no. E.246-1973

Two designs for embroidered borders to petticoats and open gowns, 1780s. Museum no. E.246-1973

Two designs for embroidered borders to petticoats and open gowns
England
1780s
Pen and ink on laid paper; with fold marks
Inscribed in pen and ink on the back,‘I have not worked these but I thought mayhaps you might like them – Return all when you Have done with them’
Bequeathed by Raymond Johnes
Museum no. E.246-1973

Here, the inscription and fold marks indicate that the design was sent out. The design at the bottom has a pointed edge known at the period as ‘Vandyke scollop’, after costume in portraits by the 17th-century painter Anthony van Dyck.