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