Accession # 1989.0001
Men’s Clothing- Outerwear- Textile
Let your Address upon your first appearance be genteel and engaging, and consequently give advantageous impressions of you. - Lord Chesterfield: His Character and Characters by Colin Franklin
Not much is known about the private lives of Dr. Douglas and Susanna Randolph. What could his waistcoat and the rest of his wardrobe reveal about his character? In 1784, there is an account of Douglas and his wife at Wilton. After living in Virginia, possibly at Curles Plantation, Douglas moved to Bermuda where he died in 1823 and was buried at St. Peter’s Church in St. George’s. In his will, Douglas requested that Charles Randolph receive “Instruments Linen and cloaths apparel [apparel was a later notation] and the Seal of the Family. Perhaps the “cloaths apparel” included Douglas’s court waistcoat. The will is intriguing and signifies the importance and value placed on men’s clothing in the eighteenth century.
Costume Design Center. The Colonial Williamsburg Costume Handbook. Colonial Williamsburg
“Historic Threads: Three Centuries of Clothing.” Colonial Williamsburg‘s online museum collection.
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 2012. 20 March 2012 <http://www.history.org/museums/clothingexhibit/index.cfm>.
Jones, Erasmus, The Man of Manners, Third Edition, 1737.
Meade, Bishop William. Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott
For more information on eighteenth-century clothing search the collections on the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London websites.
Painting of The Honorable Henry Fane (1739–1802) with Inigo Jones and Charles Blair by Sir
Joshua Reynolds, 1761-1766, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession
Numbe:87.16 < http://www.metmuseum.org/collections/search-the-
Waistcoat, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Museum number: 652A-1898. << http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O90046/waistcoat/>