18th Century Textile Sample Books

Last updated: Feb 9, 2024

Textile sample books, fabric albums, and similar source materials with samples of fabric from the 18th century.

Pages of fabric swatches are also visible in portraits of the fabric merchant by Willem van Mieris the Younger (1752) and Giovanni Battista Tensi, fabric merchant by Johann Baptist Lampi the Elder (1780), as well as Snip Anglois (1773), Deny it if you can – Nine Taylors makes a Man (1774), and Trying on a turn’d coat!! (1799).

A “swatch book filled with samples of fabric which one takes [around] in town” also appears in the diagrams of the tailor’s tools in Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, 1765, s.n. Tailleur d’habits et tailleur de corps.