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Ways of Seeing Early Modern Decorative Textiles

Richardson, Catherine, Hamling, Tara (2016) Ways of Seeing Early Modern Decorative Textiles. Textile History, 47 (1). pp. 4-26. ISSN 0040-4969. E-ISSN 1743-2952. (doi:10.1080/00404969.2016.1144672) (KAR id:51356)


This article reviews and analyses the activities and findings of an AHRC research network, Ways of Seeing the English Domestic Interior, 1500-1700; the case of decorative textiles (2012-13). Critically evaluating the results of four network events, the paper situates them within a broader investigation of the central role of decorative textiles in shaping the experience of domestic interiors in the past and present. In the first publication of its kind, we explore the historiography and current range of approaches to the study, interpretation, and exhibition of historic textiles and analyse the insights offered by bringing together different disciplinary and professional perspectives. We argue for the key significance of these textiles for both historical and modern perceptions of the domestic interior, and contend that it is necessary to pursue innovative, collaborative, cross-disciplinary approaches to researching them in order to understand how they functioned in the early modern period and to inform new directions for their display and presentation in the present.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/00404969.2016.1144672
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
N Visual Arts > NK Decorative arts. Applied arts. Decoration and ornament
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Catherine Richardson
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2015 19:15 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2020 16:53 UTC
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Richardson, Catherine.

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