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Zara Anishanslin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300197051

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300197051.001.0001

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The Clergyman’s Daughter with a Designer’s Imagination

The Clergyman’s Daughter with a Designer’s Imagination

British Landscapes, Natural History Networks, and the Artistry of Anna Maria Garthwaite

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(p.42) 2. The Clergyman’s Daughter with a Designer’s Imagination
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Portrait of a Woman in Silk
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Zara Anishanslin

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300197051.003.0004

This chapter describes the early life and work of silk designer Anna Maria Garthwaite. A clergyman's daughter, Garthwaite grew up in a Grantham rectory over a hundred miles north of London. Even as a teenager, she showed artistic promise and a fascination with things botanical. In 1707, she left an early record of her artistic ability in an elaborate paper landscape. Packed into a space little larger than one foot high and one foot wide were (among other things) nearly thirty trees of almost as many species, a manor house, a church, a fountain, deer, sheep, a carriage-and-four, formal gardens, fences, fifteen people, and a windmill. This piece testifies to her early recognition of the aesthetic possibilities of such flowers, botanicals, and the larger landscapes in which they grew. Its use of light and dark is similar to the most distinctive silks she would design as an adult in Spitalfields, and hints at the visual innovation behind her success as a businesswoman.

Keywords:   silk designers, Anna Maria Garthwaite, British landscape, Lincolnshire, paper landscape, cutworks

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