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image of Boy's Suit Boy's Suit
Rendered by Nancy Crimi (artist), 1935/1942
watercolor, pen and ink, and graphite on paperboard
overall: 47 x 35.8 cm (18 1/2 x 14 1/8 in.) Original IAD Object: shoulder to pants: 28 1/2"; back seam of jacket: 12 1/2"; pants: 14"
Index of American Design
1943.8.1719
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From the Tour: Costumes from the Index of American Design
Object 17 of 26

This boy's two-piece suit, dated 1850-1860, reflects a taste for elegance probably inspired by admiration of British and European portraits of young aristocrats.

Designed for little boys under the age of ten, this type of suit came to be known later as "Little Lord Fauntleroy." The name was taken from a popular story published in 1866 by Frances Hodgson Burnett and illustrated by Reginald Birch.

To complete the outfit, a child would wear white silk stockings and buckled shoes.

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