Mantua consists of two parts, an open robe with attached train, and a petticoat.

The silk is from Spital fields, London. It has a flush pattern to the ground, and is brocaded with sprigs of coloured flowers.


Probably worn by Mary Flaxman. Her daughter Elizabeth (b.1749) married John Spurrell (B.1732). The mantua was in the possession of the Spurrell family,Thurgarten House, Norfolk, until auctioned at Christies in 1994.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Gardens, London, Greater London, W8 4PX
020 3166 6000

Opening times

Nov – Feb Daily, 10am – 4pm (last admission 3pm) Mar – Oct Daily, 10am – 6pm (last admission 5pm) ​Closed 24 – 26 Dec

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