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Drawing, Design for Machine-Woven Shawl, ca. 1840

This is a Drawing. It is dated ca. 1840 and we acquired it in 1940. Its medium is brush and watercolor on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.



The invention of the Jacquard loom in the first decade of the 19th century provided Europe with an efficient and cost-effective means of shawl production. While there were considerable differences in the quality of the shawls on the market, the new loom meant a larger number of women could now afford them.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. Richard Irvin.

Its dimensions are

34.2 × 30 cm (13 7/16 × 11 13/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in pen and black ink, upper center: 133; in graphite, upper left: 78; center: t[?]140 / 46; lower center: 133 [upside down]

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for Machine-Woven Shawl, ca. 1840; France & Scotland; brush and watercolor on paper; 34.2 × 30 cm (13 7/16 × 11 13/16 in.); Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. Richard Irvin; 1940-88-2

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Paisley.

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