In a June 1, 1772 diary entry, George Washington described Virginia summers as "very hot & Sultry." To offset the extreme temperatures, gentlemen like Washington wore suits made of light weight and breathable white cotton. Washington would have likely worn this pair of breeches with a matching cotton waistcoat as he surveyed his farms in the morning, only to change into more formal day wear when he returned to the Mansion to greet or entertain guests.

See also waistcoat, W-2673. More

Date

1785-1795


Geography


Material/Technique

Cotton, linen, pasteboard


Dimensions

Other (waist): 38 in. (96.52 cm)
Other (knee circumfrence): 13 in. (33.02 cm)
Other (inseam): 20 1/2 in. (52.07 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1949


Object Number

W-1515


Colors


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