Waistcoat, vest

Object Number: 
1951.521
Date: 
1790-1804
Medium: 
Silk, linen
Dimensions: 
Overall: 30 x 14 in. ( 76.2 x 35.6 cm )
Description: 
Waistcoat with cream silk front panels heavily embroidered with an all over floral design in pink, red, green, blue, yellow and brown silk thread, decorative border and floral garlands embroidered on the hign standing collar, down the lapels and jacket opening, the pocket flaps and the base of the garment; natural linen lining and back panel; to ties on the lower back to cinch garment.
Gallery Label: 
This waistcoat was worn by Chancellor of the Supreme Court of New York (1777-1801), Robert R. Livingston during the painting of his portrait by John Vanderlyn. This portrait was given to the newly established Academy of Fine Art, New York. When the Academy dissolved it was returned to the family, who gave it to the Society (1876.1). Livingston was minister to France (1801-1805) when the portrait was painted.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Goodhue Livingston
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group