Indigo-Resist Fabric

English or possibly American
Date: c. 1766
Maker / Manufacturer: English or possibly American
Dimensions: 19 1/2 H x 40 L
Materials: Cotton and linen fabric decorated with indigo wax resist
Printed in brown on decorated side along selvage: 54/J 452 J8; printed in brown on reverse along selvage: British tax stamp for the year 1766 (regal crown with cipher for King George III over the word CALLICOE over J)
Provenance: This piece of fabric may have descended from Hendrick Van Rensselaer (1742–1813) to Johannes Hendrick Van Rensselaer (b. 1768) to Henry I. Van Rensselaer (1806–1874) to Robert Barnard Van Rensselaer (1838–1878) to Susan Van Rensselaer
Credit: Gift of Susan Van Rensselaer (Mrs. Edward) Dayton
Accession Number: 1948.31.113
Florence M. Montgomery, Printed Textiles: English and American Cottons and Linens, 1700–1850 (New York: Viking Press, 1970).
Florence H. Pettit, America's Indigo Blues: Resist-printed and Dyed Textiles of the Eighteenth Century (New York: Hastings House Publishers, 1974).
Mary E. Gale Margaret and T. Ordoñez, "Indigo-Resist Prints from Eighteenth-Century America: Technology and Technique," Clothing and Textile Research Journal, vol. 22 (Jan./March 2004): 4–14.