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PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN IN SILK: HIDDEN HISTORIES OF THE BRITISH ATLANTIC WORLD. Zara Anishanslin. Yale University Press, New Haven, 2016. 422 pp. with 43 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2015-955526 ISBN 9780300197051 In English.
Publisher's description: Through the story of a portrait of a woman in a silk dress, historian Zara Anishanslin embarks on a fascinating journey, exploring and refining debates about the cultural history of the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world. While most scholarship on commodities focuses either on labor and production or on consumption and use, Anishanslin unifies both, examining the worlds of four identifiable people who produced, wore, and represented this object: a London weaver, one of early modern Britain's few women silk designers, a Philadelphia merchant's wife, and a New England painter. Blending macro and micro history with nuanced gender analysis, Anishanslin shows how making, buying, and using goods in the British Atlantic created an object-based community that tied its inhabitants together, while also allowing for different views of the Empire. Investigating a range of subjects including self-fashioning, identity, natural history, politics, and trade, Anishanslin makes major contributions both to the study of material culture and to our ongoing conversation about how to write history.
Artist(s):Feke, Robert; Garthwaite, Anna Maria
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain, United States — 1600-1800 — Painting, Several Media
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 173321
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