Les modes féminines du XIXe siècle, interprétées en cent pointes sèches aquarellées au pinceau, 1801-1900

Collection History

The tradition of collecting contemporary practical works relating to the business and industry of a particular field, as well as to its design and aesthetics, began with the Astor Library, one of NYPL's founding institutions. The works grouped in this presentation were routine contemporary acquisitions of their day, welcomed into the collections not only in anticipation of their immediate utility, but also in expectation of their future historical role as source documents for future historians and designers. Among the special items featured here are manufacturers' catalogs containing real fabric swatches along with sketches showing how the new prints and weaves could be fashioned into seasonably stylish garments.


The history of apparel manufacturing parallels the invention of factory sewing machines and the rise of a middle class to appreciate and acquire multiple articles of ever updated clothing. Coming from two complementary library divisions, the catalogs and histories in this digital presentation, which will grow over time, provide a window into the daily practices and design resources of one of the few manufacturing industries that still thrive in New York City. Recognizing the significance of the 9,000 volumes in SIBL's textile industries collection, the National Endowment for the Humanities recently funded a two-year project to film the entire, predominantly black-and-white, holding .

Collection Data

Boutet, Henri, 1851-1919 (Artist)
Claretie, Jules, 1840-1913 (Author of introduction, etc.)
Boutet, Henri, 1851-1919 (Engraver)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1902
Place: Paris
Publisher: Société Français d'Éditions d'Art
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection
Shelf locator: MML (Boutet, H. Modes feminines du XIXe siècle)
Fashion design drawings
Content: Préface de M. Jules Claretie
Numbering: "... Six cents exemplaires sur vélin numérotés de I à 600. No. 187."
Physical Description
Extent: 14 p. 100 pl. ; pages 27 x 17.5 cm.; platemarks 17.5 x 11.5 cm. or smaller
Bound in two volumes : 1801-1850, 1851-1900
Handcolored with watercolor
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 4586351
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b13951491
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9c608fb0-c6cb-012f-695d-58d385a7bc34
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