ca. 1765 'Rockingham Mantua', from the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection (Kensington Palace - London UK)

Unfortunately, thepeerage article for her husband Charles, 2nd Marquis of Rockingham is very limited and his Wikipedia article does not mention his marriage although it lists when he became Prime Minister.

Historic Royal Palaces has this citation, "It is believed to have belonged to Mary, Marchioness of Rockingham, who was married to Charles, 2nd Marquis of Rockingham.  This dress was probably worn by Lady Rockingham when her husband became Prime Minister." Her husband became Prime Minister in 1765.


The "Rockingham mantua" is probably a robe à la française, based on the wider spacing of the rever panels and non-pointed waistline. It has a maxi-length skirt.

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