First Ladies Gowns, Martha Washington

ID: 91-3682 or 38050

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. early 1950s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 41, Folder: 1 and Record Unit 95, Box 53, Folder: 3

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The dress of Martha Washington (1731-1802), wife of President George Washington, worn during his administration, 1789-1797. Her dress is made of faille which is salmon pink and hand-painted. Around her shoulders is a soft white shawl of Mechlin lace and she wears lace mitts. As she was accustomed to wearing a "mobcap" to all social functions, she is wearing a represented one of white lace. She holds in her hands a brown satin bag which she made and which is embroidered in ribbonwork. The dress is part of the First Ladies Collection, United States National Museum, now the National Museum of American History.


  • Washington, Martha 1731-1802
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • United States National Museum
  • National Collections


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This mannequin was on display until the early 1950s. In this image the mannequin's face is unpainted. See Neg. #57614 for a later image when the face was painted.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 41, Folder: 1 and Record Unit 95, Box 53, Folder: 3

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


c. early 1950s

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ID Number

91-3682 or 38050

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print

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