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Power of Objects in Eighteenth-Century British America

Jennifer Van Horn


Over the course of the eighteenth century, Anglo-Americans purchased an unprecedented number and array of goods. This book investigates these diverse artifacts—from portraits and city views to gravestones, dressing furniture, and prosthetic devices—to explore how elite American consumers assembled objects to form a new civil society on the margins of the British Empire. In this interdisciplinary transatlantic study, artifacts emerge as key players in the formation of Anglo-American communities and, eventually, of American citizenship. Interweaving analysis of paintings and prints with furnitur ... More

Keywords: Civility, Portrait, British America, Network, Furniture, Textiles, Prosthesis, Colonial women, Objects, Transatlantic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469629568
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629568.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Van Horn, author
University of Delaware