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Accession Number: 2009.25.1

Physical Description: Girl's dress of brown and rust-colored silk. Shin-length skirt gathered to a bloused bodice. Bodice has an attached jacket with rounded front panels. Box-pleated ruffle along the opening of the jacket. Sleeves are long and narrow, with a puff at shoulder seam. Jacket and skirt are made of brown damask; blouse is made of rust silk. V-shaped rust silk trim on puff of sleeve. Button sewn at point of V. Stand-up collar. 10 metal button-closure down the back of the bodice. Fully lined with cotton (plain brown in skirt and sleeves; striped print in bodice).

History of Object: Dress belonged to Avis Chitwood. Chitwood grew up in Mound City, Kansas, and took an early interest in art. As she aged, she took classes in watercolor and china painting, etching, and architectural design. The works she produced were displayed in exhibitions and won awards and honors. One of her etchings was displayed at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Chitwood gave this dress to her niece, Janice Gartrell, who donated it to the museum.

Date: Between 1897 and 1900

Dimensions (in cm): 80.00 (H) 24.00 (W) Width measurement taken across the shoulder.

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Associations and Subjects

    Group: Artists
    Use, Place of: Mound City (Kan.)
    Use, Place of: Kansas City (Mo.)
    Individual: Chitwood, Avis, 1893-1994
    Use, Place of: Linn County (Kan.)

Status: Cataloged

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