Kate Retford

Kate Retford is professor of art history at Birkbeck, University of London.

Antique Tears: Consumptive Chic

Kate Retford, 3 December 2020

Emma Hart, on the right, dancing the tarantella with a friend (1796).

In​ the 1770s, Ann Frankland Lewis began producing watercolour paintings of fashionable women’s dress. She continued creating these images for more than thirty years, charting the extraordinary changes that were taking place. They meticulously chronicle the demise of the early 18th-century mantua dress: the...

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