National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Parasol Parasol
Rendered by Carl Buergerniss (artist), c. 1941
watercolor and graphite on paperboard
overall: 44.5 x 35.7 cm (17 1/2 x 14 1/16 in.)
Index of American Design
1943.8.2222
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From the Tour: Costumes from the Index of American Design
Object 14 of 26

Parasols -- used for protection against the sun -- became stylish in Europe in the middle of the eighteenth century. In 1772, a Baltimore merchant's chance purchase from a ship's store introduced the parasol to America. Soon the fashion centers of Philadelphia and New York took an interset in this kind of accessory. By the nineteenth century, parasols were commonly used by women for carriage rides or for promenading.

This silk parasol has an ivory handle and has black lace applied to sections of the covering. The style of lace indicates that the parasol is from the mid-nineteenth century.

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