Fans and Fanny Burney: Hidden Manufacturing in 18th-Century London
01 Dec 2017, 17:15 to 01 Dec 2017, 19:15
IHR Pollard Seminar Room, N301, Third Floor, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Amy Erickson, Cambridge
The Burneys are one of the most-studied families in 18th-century England at a level below the gentry. The musician Charles, his daughter the writer Frances, and her many artistically talented siblings, step-siblings and half-siblings are well-known in the literature. Charles’ wife and Frances’ mother, named Esther Sleepe Burney, features almost not at all. This paper introduces her, her sisters and her mother, as part of a London fan-making enterprise which was highly lucrative and female-dominated, although by no means exclusively female. The family trade is set in context of women’s involvement in the luxury trades of 18th-century London, as both owners and employees.
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