Design for a petticoat to an open gown
Pen and ink on laid paper, stitched with two different types of thread
Inscribed in pen and ink on the back,‘Mrs Henry Foster worked in Purple silk in Cobble stich for a petticoat to a white Gause gown July 5th–1789’
Bequeathed by Raymond Johnes
Museum numbers E.230-231-1973
The inscription may suggest that Mrs Henry Foster was a professional embroiderer, and that the workshop was noting the technique used by one employee to instruct another. Alternatively, it may mean that she was an amateur who had once hired the pattern, and that it was now on loan to someone else who needed further guidance.