National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Man's Waistcoat Man's Waistcoat
Rendered by Ruggiero Pierotti (artist), c. 1942
watercolor, graphite, and colored pencil on paperboard
overall: 54.8 x 36.4 cm (21 9/16 x 14 5/16 in.)
Index of American Design
1943.8.1646
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From the Tour: Costumes from the Index of American Design
Object 5 of 26

A man's suit in the eighteenth century consisted of a coat, waistcoat, and breeches. The coat and breeches were often made of matching material. The waistcoat was frequently the most decorative part of the costume.

This gentlemen's waistcoat from the early part of the eighteenth century is made of white linen with intricate embroidery called "whitework." This highly specialized form of embroidery, which incorporated a great variety of stitches, was widely used at the time. The eyelets on the left side of the opening in front were most likely for removable buttons or studs.

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