Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Portrait of a Woman in SilkHidden Histories of the British Atlantic World$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Zara Anishanslin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300197051

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300197051.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM YALE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Yale University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in YSO for personal use (for details see www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 15 December 2018

Anne Shippen Willing, 1710–1791

Anne Shippen Willing, 1710–1791

(p.165) 8. Anne Shippen Willing, 1710–1791
Portrait of a Woman in Silk

Zara Anishanslin

Yale University Press

This chapter details the life of Anne Shippen Willing, who wore Spitalfields silk woven by Simon Julins for her 1746 portrait. Born in Philadelphia in 1710, Anne lived a privileged life from the start. The Shippens were one of the most powerful families in colonial Pennsylvania, made wealthy through successive generations of transatlantic mercantile trade and substantial provincial land ownership. In 1730, when she was twenty years old, Anne married an ambitious young Anglican, Charles Willing. Like his bride, Charles came from a family of merchants. Anne posed for at least three portraits wearing flowered silk. Her affection for flowered silk documented in her portraits shows that she shared the widespread affection for the botanical that shaped landscapes, fashion, and science around the British Atlantic. Her portraits also tell us something about women's agency in driving the consumer choices that shaped the eighteenth-century British imperial marketplace.

Keywords:   Anne Shippen Willing, silk, Spitalfields, portrait, Simon Julins, Charles Willing, consumer choices, British imperial marketplace

Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.