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Out Shopping: The Dresses of Marion and Maud Sambourne (1880-1910)

Image of Maud's dress and a photography of Marion and Maud Sambourne

Event Information

Date:

23 March 2024

Duration:

From 23 March to 20 October 2024

Location:

Leighton House, Sambourne House

Price:
Included within the admission ticket

Out Shopping: The Dresses of Marion and Maud Sambourne (1880-1910) will unveil the Sambourne House collection of dresses belonging to Marion and Maud Sambourne, showcasing hardly seen, rare surviving examples by leading dressmakers of the era. For the first time in the history of the museums, the exhibition will span across both Leighton House and Sambourne House, inviting visitors to embark on a immersive journey.

 

Marion and Maud, Mother and Daughter.

Marion Sambourne was the wife of Victorian illustrator Linley Sambourne. Their daughter, Maud, shared an artistic flair which she abandoned in pursuit of a prosperous marriage with Leonard Messel. This major exhibition will feature a curated selection of dresses they wore for special moments and social occasions, many of them of national significance as rare surviving examples by leading designers of the era - often female.

 

An intimate story of the lives of a middle-class mother and her affluent daughter, navigating through the late Victorian period and into the 20th century, a moment in history that significantly shaped the way fashion and shopping is consumed today.

 

Images of Maud and Marion Sambourne and an illustration by Maud
Photographs of Maud Sambourne and one of her illustrations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibition Highlights

Highlights in the exhibition include the exquisite blue skirt and jacket with lace cuffs made by eminent court and society dressmaker Sarah Fullerton Monteith Young, which Marion wore to her daughter’s wedding (1898); Maud’s brown velvet embellished chiffon day dress by Mascotte (1906), and the crepe silk lilac tea gown (c.1899-1904) which she wore during her pregnancy, the only maternity piece that has survived in the collection.

 

To go on display, all the dresses required extensive conservation, which is being carried out by leading textile conservator Janie Lightfoot in her London studio. Encompassing extensive research and painstaking work, this side of the project has been funded with the help of The Friends of Leighton House, grants from the Pilgrim Trust and the Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation and an Elizabeth Hammond grant from The Costume Society.

 

Images of outfits from the Out Shopping exhibition

 

 

 

 

The "Out Shopping experience"

For the first time in the history of the museums, Out Shopping  will span across three spaces, offering a thorough, immersive experience into the worlds of dress making and early 20th century shopping experience.

 

At Leighton House, the collection of dresses will be on display in the Verey Exhibition Gallery alongside objects from the Sambourne House collections and archive, such as letters, receipts and drawings. The Tavolozza Drawings Gallery will present a selection of street photography by Linley Sambourne  taken during a weekend out in Paris in 1906.  Linley was an avid photographer, often using photos he took as an aid for the production of his Punch cartoons and illustrations. 

 

The exhibition journey continues at nearby Sambourne House, with a small display as well as a documentary film on the conservation of the dresses, providing with additional insights into the family life of the Sambournes and the opportunity to explore their ‘house beautiful’ designed in the so-called Aesthetic style.

 

Book a joint ticket for full access to both Leighton House and Sambourne House, exhibition and displays and documentary film.

 

Book joint tickets

 

Plan your visit

Out Shopping: The Dresses of Marion and Maud Sambourne (1888-1910)

Verey Exhibition Gallery, Leighton House

Included within admission ticket

 

Out in Paris: Linley Sambourne's Street Photography

Tavolozza Drawings Gallery

Free to visit

 

Open from 23 March  to 20 October 2024

Leighton House opens Wednesdays to Mondays, 10am to 5:30pm (last entry 4:30pm)

Sambourne House opens Wednesdays to Sundays, 10am to 5:30pm (last entry 4:30pm)

 

Book a joint ticket for full access to both Leighton House and Sambourne House, exhibition and displays and documentary film.

 

Book joint tickets

 

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Supporters

Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, GRoW @ Annenberg

The Sir Edwin and Lady Manton Fund

The Pilgrim Trust

The Costume Society

Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation

Joanna Banham

Bernice Spence & Karen Moore

John & Melanie Miles

Shirley Nicholson

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