If you were walking through the lanes of Ayot St Lawrence 80 years ago, and came across Bernard Shaw, with his stick and hat, he would probably have been wearing this cloak. He purchased it sometime in the late 1890s and there are pictures of him wearing it right up until the year he died. Shaw was famous for his adoption of Dr Gustav Jaeger's healthy clothing system, based on the idea of drawing impurities away from the skin. He owned many Jaeger products, including woollen sheets.
A green and fawn check cape with concealed buttons down front. Worn at collar
Bequest of George Bernard Shaw, 1950
Makers and roles
probably Jaeger, manufacturer