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Family lore states this dress was worn by Mary (Hammond) Murdock at the court of George III (reigned 1760 - 1820). Portland resident Julia St. Felix was Mary's 3x great grand-daughter. Mary Hammond Murdock (or Murdoch) immigrated to Philadelphia with her husband William around 1735.
While the silk brocade fabric dates to 1750 - 1765, the dress construction is ca. 1775. This dress is an example of English court fashion from the time of the American Revolution, However, Mary Hammond Murdock died in 1770, which complicates the story. Family lore also states Mary'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.
About This Item
- Title: Dress worn at the court of George III, ca. 1775
- Creation Date: circa 1775
- Subject Date: circa 1775
- Media: silk brocade
- Dimensions: 142.24 cm x 281.305 cm
- Local Code: 1482*c
- Collection: Costume collection
- Object Type: Physical Object
Cross Reference Searches
Standardized Subject Headings
- Clothing and dress
- Dresses--18th century
- Evening gowns--18th century
- George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820
- Women's clothing--18th century
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230
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