Man's dressing gown & cap by Unknown Artist

A man's informal gown in the style of a kimono and 'Chinese' cap for undress wear.


Silk damask & silk taffeta lining
Length: 157.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,625 ( Total: £10,500; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
Executors of the late Mrs B H Beckford

These caps and gowns were worn indoors in place of the powdered wig and fitted coat for dress wear. They were also worn to receive and entertain visitors so could be made of rich silks such as this salmon pink silk damask and pink silk lining. The maker could be English or French.


Hamilton family; Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs John Beckford; on loan to the Museum of Costume since 1964.

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Fashion Museum Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, BATH Somerset BA1 2QH 01225 477 789

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