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H4448-27 Shoe, single, boys, from fancy dress costume, imitation 16th century Tudor 'Rose' style, silk satin / linen / leather, made by Gundry & Sons, worn by Prince Arthur, London, England, c1846. Click to enlarge.

‘Tudor Rose’ style shoe made by Gundry & Sons

Made by Gundry & Sons in London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom, Europe, c 1846.

This fancy dress shoe in imitation 16th century Tudor ‘Rose’ style is reputed to have been worn in 1853, by Prince Arthur, the third son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. A portrait of Prince Arthur, aged 3 years, dressed as Henry V111 and wearing the square-toed shoes of slashed leather, was painted by court painter, Xaver Winterhalter. This fancy dress shoe comes from an important collection of footwear and shoemaking objects thought to have been initiated by the London shoemaker, Robert Di...

Summary

Object No.

H4448-27

Object Statement

Shoe, single, boys, from fancy dress costume, imitation 16th century Tudor 'Rose' style, silk satin / linen / leather, made by Gundry & Sons, worn by Prince Arthur, London, England, c1846

Physical Description

Shoe, single, boys, from fancy dress costume, imitation 16th century Tudor 'Rose' style, silk satin / linen / leather, made by Gundry & Sons, worn by Prince Arthur, London, England, c1846

Single left boys shoe, imitation Tudor 'Rose' style, turnshoe construction with wide eared toe and no heel. Shoe consists of ivory silk satin upper with high rounded tongue, side seams and back seam, bound with red silk on the top edge. Pointed overlapping straps across the tab affixed by red silk rose with silver centre. Vamp decorated with 3 mock silver edged cut outs with red satin infill. Upper lined with [linen] as is the sock.

Marks

Number on insole, round paper sticker with text handwritten in ink, '383', on outsole, handwritten in pencil

Dimensions

Height

45 mm

Width

75 mm

Production

Notes

This boys single fancy dress shoe in imitation Tudor style, worn by Henry V111 in around 1530, was made by Queen Victoria's shoemakers, Gundry & Sons, London, England, c1846.

History

Notes

This fancy dress shoe in imitation 16th century Tudor 'Rose' style is reputed to have been worn by Prince Arthur, the third son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. A portrait of Prince Arthur, aged three dressed as Henry V111, wearing the square-toed shoes of slashed leather was painted by court painter, Xaver Winterhalter in 1853. The outfit had first been worn on 10 February 1847 by Prince Alfred as a surprise for his father, Prince Albert, on the occasion of the royal wedding anniversary.

This shoe from a fancy dress costume made in around 1841-1851 is part of the Museum's significant Joseph Box collection. Joseph Box Ltd had its origins in a London shoemaking business established in 1808 by a 'ladies shoemaker' called James Sly. From 1816 Sly's apprentice was Robert Dixon Box, the fifteen-year-old son of a bankrupted Quaker attorney. Box was to become manager of the business when Sly died in 1826, and gained a reputation for fine shoemaking through its participation at international exhibitions and by obtaining Royal Warrants. The business became known as Joseph Box Ltd in 1862 after it was transferred to Robert's son, Joseph. Like his father, Joseph started in the trade at the age of 15, but retired at the relatively early age of 42 to enable his daughters to enter society. Although he transferred the business to his cousins the Box Kinghams in 1882, Joseph maintained an active interest in shoemaking through collecting. At the end of the century the business was later taken over by royal shoemakers Gundry & Sons, which was itself taken over by John Lobb Ltd some time after 1953.

The collection acquired by the Museum in 1942 was probably started by Robert Dixon and consolidated by Joseph Box and the Box Kinghams during the second half of the 1800s. It includes remnants of leather shoes from the Middle Ages found in English archaeological sites, intact European shoes from the 1600s onwards, 'foreign' shoes collected as 'curiosities' from around the world, shoe buckles and spurs, as well as documents relating to Joseph Box Ltd.

Footwear scholar, June Swann, former Keeper of the Boot and Shoe Collection at the Northampton Museum in England was invited to catalogue this very significant collection in 1993. A large selection was subsequently featured in the Museum's 1997 exhibition and accompanying publication 'Stepping out: three centuries of shoes'.

REF:
Mitchell, Louise, with Lindie Ward, 'Stepping out: three centuries of shoes', Powerhouse Publishing, Sydney, 1997
Ormond, Richard and Blackett-Ord, Carol, 'Franz Xaver Winterhalter and the Courts of Europe 1830-70', National Portrait Gallery, London, 1992

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Tudor Rose' style shoe made by Gundry & Sons 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 October 2019, <https://ma.as/239618>

Wikipedia

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