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A Talk: Portrait of a Woman in Silk

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

This talk is given by Zara Anishanslin who describes herself as a historian ‘with a thing for things’ exploring history through material culture.  She is Associate Professor of History & 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).  If you want to know more about her then take a look at her website. 

Anna Maria Garthwaite (1688 to 1763) was one of the early modern British women silk designers and also one of the most prolific.  She was a clergyman’s daughter with family connections to the Royal Society of Londo & 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 waring botanical fashion in silk not only in London but around the British Empire.  The talk explores her life, labors, and designs of one of Spitalfields’ most fascinating eighteenth century women.

The talk takes place from 2 pm to 3.30 pm and includes an opportunity to explore the galleries at the Huguenot Museum.  The talk will be followed by questions and an opportunity to talk to the speaker.

Booking is essential.  Tickets are £8 and can be booked here.  


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


Huguenot Museum
95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom


Huguenot Museum
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