18th century morning dress. British Museum Museum number 2010,7081.447 Description Recto Morning; a young woman shown three-quarters length sitting to right on the edge of her curtained bed, at her breakfast table, lifting her right arm as as she draws her dressing-gown across her with the other hand and looking towards the viewer; a window in the background; from a set of the times of day; after Mercier; proof before letters. Mezzotint with some etching
The 18th century bed jacket did not fade into oblivion at the stroke of the clock with the coming of the 19th century. This illustration was published in 1850, and the garment the woman is wearing would be period correct for 18th century wear, or by changing the name by which the garment was known from bed jacket to sack or sacque it remains correct through the 1860’s.