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Portrait of a Woman in Silk: Talk by Zara Anishanslin

June 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Portrait of a Woman in Silk: Spitalfields Designer Anna Maria Garthwaite

Enigmatic Anna Maria Garthwaite (1688-1763) was one of early modern Britain’s few women silk designers. She also was one of its most prolific. A clergyman’s daughter with family connections to the Royal Society of London and Chelsea Physic Garden and a large number of Huguenot clients and friends, she had intimate ties to global natural history networks that found aesthetic expression in her design work. Her popular designs both mirrored the larger cultural fascination with things botanical and helped foster a craze for wearing botanical fashion in silk not only in London, but around the British Empire. This talk explores the life, labours, and designs of one of Spitalfields’ most fascinating eighteenth-century women.

Zara Anishanslin describes herself as a historian ‘with a thing for things’, exploring history through material culture. She is Associate Professor of History and Art History at the University of Delaware and author of the book Portrait of a Woman in Silk: Hidden Histories of the British Atlantic World (2016).

‘Anishanslin’s capacity to let objects speak about things beyond status and refinement is remarkable. This is hard to do, and she does it brilliantly, and beautifully’ Lauren Winner, Duke University. Find out more www.zaraanishanslin.org

Talk price includes an opportunity to explore our galleries

The talk will be followed by questions and an opportunity to talk to the speaker.

Booking is essential: Tickets are £8, please click here to book.

Booking closes an hour before the talk starts. Please contact the museum for availability on the door after this time. 01634 789347

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June 8, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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