Article – ‘The Sister Arts: Textile Crafts between Paint, Print and Practice’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies

I couldn’t be more pleased that my article, ‘The Sister Arts: Textile Crafts between Paint, Print and Practice’ is now online in early view on the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies website. The piece explores intersections between portraiture, printed genre images and conduct literature in late eighteenth‐ and early nineteenth‐century Britain, focusing on representations of textile crafts and their accoutrements. 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. Centring on the very mechanisms by which this discourse operated, this article argues that visual and literary images of textile‐work were central to the creation of a grammar of respectable femininity, a symbolic language that variously advocated maternal instruction, domestic industry and marital eligibility.

You can view it online here, although if you don’t have access to the journal please do send me an email.

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