Manchester Art Gallery, 2019

The 2019 Elizabeth Hammond Conservation Grant of £4,950 was made to Manchester Art Gallery to pay for the conservation of a unique late 19th Century smoking jacket for their major exhibition ‘Dandy Style’, opening on 4th February 2021.

It will form a centrepiece in the show in the section investigating the ‘Artistic Dandy’, and highlighting the more flamboyant, artistic styling favoured by the likes of Oscar Wilde.

The maroon wool poplin smoking jacket from the1880s forms part of the historically significant Cunnington collection which was purchased by Manchester Corporation in 1947 and which forms the foundation of Platt Hall and Manchester’s international costume collection.


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