The sister arts: Textile crafts between paint, print, and practice

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Gowrley, Freya 2020. The sister arts: Textile crafts between paint, print, and practice. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies. https://doi.org/10.1111/1754-0208.12685
AuthorsGowrley, Freya
Abstract

This article explores intersections between portraiture, printed genre images, and conduct literature in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain, focusing on representations of needlework between these cultural forms. In extant scholarship, needlework has been characterised as an important site of debate, a discursive locus wherein the qualities of appropriate femininity were sketched out and redefined. This article centres on the very mechanisms by which this discourse operated, arguing that visual and literary images of needlework were central to the creation of a grammar of respectable femininity, a symbolic language that simultaneously advocated maternal instruction, domestic industry, and marital eligibility.

Keywordsneedlework; gender; representation; portraiture; conduct literature; print culture; eighteenth century; British history
Year2020
JournalJournal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
PublisherWiley
ISSN17540208
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/1754-0208.12685
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/624427
hdl:10545/624427
Publication dates05 Feb 2020
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Deposited24 Jan 2020, 15:56
Accepted30 Sep 2019
ContributorsUniversity of Derby
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