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Portrait of a Woman in Silk: Hidden Histories of the British Atlantic World

Zara Anishanslin


Through the story of a portrait of a woman in a silk dress, this book 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, this book 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 histo ... More

Keywords: silk dress, cultural history, commodities, silk designer, British Atlantic, material culture, eighteenth century, early modern Britain, gender analysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780300197051
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300197051.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zara Anishanslin, author
City University of New York

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