Item 105294 - Dress worn at the English court of George III, ca. 1775

Item 105294 - Dress worn at the English court of George III, ca. 1775
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Item 105294
Dress worn at the English court of George III, ca. 1775
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Family lore stated Mary Hammond Murdock wore this dress at the English court of George III, who reigned from 1760 - 1820. Mary Murdock (or Murdoch) immigrated to Philadelphia with her husband William around 1735. Portland resident Julia St. Felix was Murdoch's 3x great grand-daughter. St. Felix donated the dress to Maine Historical Society.

While the silk brocade fabric dates to 1750 - 1765, the dress construction dates to around 1775. This dress is an example of English court fashion from the time of the American Revolution, however, Mary Hammond Murdock died in 1770, complicating the story. Family lore also noted Murdoch's unnamed sister was bridesmaid at Queen Charlotte and George III's wedding. Perhaps the dress' connection to George III's court stems from that relationship.

The dress is a robe á la francaise: an open robe with an exposed matching underskirt. The fabric design features a self-colored ground, and floral sprays in pale blue, yellow, green and pink. The back of the robe includes falling pleats that start at the neckline and extend to the bottom hem.

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