edited by Arlene Leis and Kacie L. Wills
Through both longer essays and shorter case studies, this book examines the relationship of European women from various countries and backgrounds to collecting, in order to explore the social practices and material and visual cultures of collecting in eighteenth-century Europe.
It recovers their lives and examines their interests, their methodologies, and their collections and objects—some of which have rarely been studied before. The book also considers women’s role as producers, that is, creators of objects that were collected. Detailed examination of the artefacts—both visually, and in relation to their historical contexts—exposes new ways of thinking about collecting in relation to the arts and sciences in eighteenth-century Europe. The book is interdisciplinary in its makeup and brings together scholars from a wide range of fields.
It will be of interest to those working in art history, material and visual culture, history of collecting, history of science, literary studies, women’s studies, gender studies, and art conservation.
Table of Contents
Part I Artificialia and Naturalia
Science, Gender and Collecting: The Dutch 18th century Ladies’ Society for Physical Sciences of Middelburg
Anne Harbers and Andrea Gáldy
Between Art and Science: Portraits of Citrus Fruit for Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici
Anne Vallayer-Coster’s Still Life with Sea Shells and Coral
Part II Travel, Borders, and Networks
Maria Sibylla Merian: A Woman’s Pioneering Work in Entomology
Sarah Sophia Banks’s Coin Collection: Female Networks of Exchange
Erica Hayes and Kacie L. Wills
Conversing with Collecting the World: Elite Female Sociability and Learning through Objects in the Age of Enlightenment
Portrait of Charlotte de France: from Naples to Sicily, a Collection in Transit
Maria Antonietta Spadero
The Collecting Activity of Catherine II in 18th Century Russia: Pioneering Action or Sheer Demonstration of Power?
Charis Ch. Avlonitou
Part III Displaying, Recording, and Cataloguing
‘I made memorandums’: Mary Hamilton, Sociability, and Antiquarianism in the Eighteenth-Century Collection
Eleanor Coade, John Soane, and the Coade Caryatid
Anne Wagner’s Album (1795-1805): Collecting Feminine Friendship
An Art Cabinet in Miniature: The Dollhouse of Petronella Oortman
Part IV Beyond the Eighteenth Century
Collection, Display, and Conservation: The Print Room at Castletown House
Anna Frances O’Regan
Olivia Lanza di Mazzarino (1893-1970): A Lady’s collection of Eighteenth-Century Folding Fans