Label

During the presidency, George Washington maintained a wardrobe with a variety of suits for different occasions, including several brown suits. This brown suit owned by Washington, with its more informal double-breasted coat, may have been worn by him for dressy daytime events. Could it be the suit worn for his first inauguration? Possibly, but the evidence remains inconclusive. While first-hand accounts of the 1789 inauguration note that Washington wore a plain brown suit of American-made broadcloth, they do not comment on the cut or style. At least one other brown coat, and a possible contender for the inauguration coat, survives in the Mount Vernon collection. (See W-1063)

Date

c. 1789


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Wool, linen, cotton-linen


Dimensions

Overall (Coat): 46 5/8 in. x 41 in. (118.43 cm x 104.14 cm)Overall (Breeches): 28 in. x 23 3/4 in. (71.12 cm x 60.34 cm)


Credit Line

Gift of John Murray Forbes, with appreciation to William D. McGregor, 1877


Object Number

W-574/A-B


Colors (Beta)


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