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Art, Sex and Politics at the Early Georgian Court: An Eighteenth-Century Lady-in-Waiting's 'Collection of Pictures'
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Art, Sex and Politics at the Early Georgian Court: An Eighteenth-Century Lady-in-Waiting's 'Collection of Pictures' (Hardback)

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A provocative letter from a prominent eighteenth-century British noblewoman, Henrietta Howard, to her close friend Mary Hervey is a rare survivor of the informal, collaborative satires created by court women in this period. This particular June 1729 artifact contains a witty and light-hearted list of imaginary portraits, most of which refer to a notable political figure through references to specific paintings, sculptures, engravings, ceramics, textiles and book illustrations. Through a close reading of archival manuscripts, published correspondences and art historical treatises, Eric Weichel explores the cultural milieu and historical legacy of this remarkable text. Constrained by strict standards of moral propriety, the writer's overt discussions of sexuality in this letter are encoded through a system of embedded jokes and mythological references. Weichel argues that through Lady Hervey's mention of popular works of art, such as the Hampton Court tapestry cartoons by Raphael, the 'Jupiter and Ganymede' motif in country house decor, or the illustrated fables of Jean de La Fontaine, she alludes specifically to her wider circle's knowledge of adultery, queerness, sexual violence, and divorce among their peer group. In her imaginary portraits, Hervey also shows an interest in feminist education and literature, political and religious patronage, and contemporary news events.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesHistory of art: c 1800 to c 1900Essays & WritingEssays & JournalismEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800 Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Publication Date: 01/01/2023 ISBN-13: 9781472469724  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Eric Weichel is Postdoctoral Fellow in Art History, Concordia University, Canada.

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