The owner of this elegant suit was Dr. Philippe Louis François Badelart of Québec City, who listed his profession as surgeon. He was known as a man of excellent reputation, financial substance and social prominence. Dr. Badelart often treated the sick free of charge, and frequently gave monies to the poor. He held many positions, including that of Surgeon of the Canadian Militia and President of the Quebec Medical Society. Made of salmon-coloured cut velvet in the collared style of a "French frock", the garment is typical of the era's trend in masculine clothing away from more elaborate dress.