Dress - Sack-backed gown of Chinese silk painted with flower posies, birds and butterflies on natural ground. Square neckline, closed bodice lined with linen , open skirt and full sack back. Later addition (1770's) of box pleated robings (including across bodice front to give effect of stomacher) and falling fan cuffs, also cord loops to skirt for drawing up into polonaise, shape fashionable 1770's. 1770 (circa)
donor - Stainton, Sheila (Miss) 19 Park Lane, Adleburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5HL. Former National Trust Housekeeper, retired. Dress handed down through family.