Waistcoat, 1785–95 Medium: silk Technique: embroidered in knot, stem, and satin stitches using twenty-five colors of silk; satin stitch in metal-wrapped silk; couched silk cord; appliqué of three plain weave silk fabrics. Foundation: silk plain weave.. Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma Greenleaf. 1962-54-47.
What is this?
White silk waistcoat with all-over floral design and embroidered figures at the bottom. The figures represent Dido and Aeneas from the opera by Piccini and Marmontel, produced in 1785. The figure of Dido is after a drawing by Moreau-le-Jeune for the costume worn by Mlle. de Saint-Huberty.