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A7881 Wedding dress, silk, maker unknown, place of production unknown, 1822, worn by Ann Marsden on her marriage to Thomas Hassall, St John's Church Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 12 August 1822. Click to enlarge.

Wedding dress worn by Ann Marsden

Made
This gown is one of a number of costumes in the Museum's collection that were worn by members of the Marsden family. Family history relates that it was originally worn in 1793 by Elizabeth Marsden (nee Fristan, 1835) on her marriage to Samuel Marsden (1765 - 1838), who went on to become an important figure in colonial New South Wales. The dress is believed to have been later remade and worn by their daughter, Ann (1794 - 1885), on her marriage to Reverend Thomas Hassall (1794 - 1868), 1822.

Summary

Object No.

A7881

Object Statement

Wedding dress, silk, maker unknown, place of production unknown, 1822, worn by Ann Marsden on her marriage to Thomas Hassall, St John's Church Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 12 August 1822

Physical Description

Pale green, silk damask wedding gown with an empire waist and square neckline. The dress has short puffed sleeves over long straight sleeves and a full skirt that gathers into the empire waist. The fabric features small flowers embroidered across its surface. A floral pattern can can also seen embroidered around the hem of the skirt.

Marks

No marks.

Dimensions

Depth

1240 mm

Production

Notes

This silk damask dress is made from fine quality fabric, The long, gathered skirt is attached to a narrow border with openings at both sides and below the bodice. Fabric may have come from the wedding dress of Elizabeth Marsden, married Samuel Marsden, Hull, Yorkshire, England, 21 April 1793.

The dress may have originally been low waisted, as illustrated in the miniature portrait of Elizabeth Marsden in her wedding dress. However during alterations for Ann Marsden's wedding the waist is believed to have been raised.

History

Notes

It is believed that this dress was worn by Ann Marsden when she married Reverend Thomas Hassall at St John's Church, Parramatta, 12 August 1822. The gown is thought to have been remade from her mother Elizabeth Marsden's wedding dress. Elizabeth married Samuel Marsden at Hull, Yorkshire on 21 April 1793.

This dress, along with other costumes in the Marsden collection, was given to the Royal Australian Historical Society in 1919 by the executors of the estate of Eliza Hassall (2/11/1834 to 26/12/1917). Eliza was the daughter of Reverend Thomas Hassall and Ann Hassall (nee Marsden), born in 1834, and a granddaughter of Samuel Marsden. The garments were exhibited during the Society's 1920 Exhibition, along with subsequent exhibitions.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 1981

Acquisition Date

30 July 1981

Cite this Object

Harvard

Wedding dress worn by Ann Marsden 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 29 July 2021, <https://ma.as/194999>

Wikipedia

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