18th Century Mantelets

According to the 1773 Dictionary of the English Language, a mantelet is “a ſmall cloak worn by women.” This notebook page includes mantelets in silk and similar fine fabrics; similar hooded silk short cloaks are on the capuchins page, while yet another page covers various styles of working-class women’s short cloaks.

Extant examples


Portraits and illustrations

  • The little girl in The morning toilette by Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, c. 1740
  • Water, with a young woman wearing a lace mantle