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The Art of Domestic Life: Family Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century England

Every picture tells a story. The story told by posed portraits of the family is one of change over time; family groups look different at different times. Thus the Victorian middle-class family is typically photographed in an indoor ‘domestic’ setting, its members unsmiling, connected to each other by the touch of a hand on aContinue reading “The Art of Domestic Life: Family Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century England”

‘Unfortunate Objects’: Lone Mothers in Eighteenth-Century London

Eighteenth-century motherhood is a subject often neglected by historians. Literary scholars have contributed fascinating commentaries on the development of ideals of motherhood and their deployment in empire and state-building narratives and class formation. Historians of feminism note the politicised use to which motherhood was put in the later eighteenth century. Those interested in aristocratic familyContinue reading “‘Unfortunate Objects’: Lone Mothers in Eighteenth-Century London”

Gender in History

Gender in History is a timely publication. The field of gender history is reaching maturity in two senses. Firstly, numerous studies have been published about the impact of gender at various times and places. Professor Merry Wiesner-Hanks draws on this wealth of scholarship and her own research to provide a welcome overview of gender inContinue reading “Gender in History”