The Cosmopolitan Interior

The Cosmopolitan Interior

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Literature on domestic interior decoration first emerged as a popular genre in Britain during the 1870s and 1880s, as middle-class readers sought decorating advice from books, household manuals, womena€™s magazines, and professional journals. This intriguing book examines that literature and shows how it was influenced by the widespread liberalism of the middle class. Judith Neiswander explains that during these years liberal valuesa€”individuality, cosmopolitanism, scientific rationalism, the progressive role of the elite, and the emancipation of womena€”informed advice about the desirable appearance of the home. In the period preceding the First World War, these values changed dramatically: advice on decoration became more nationalistic in tone and a new goal was set for the interiora€”a€œto raise the British child by the British hearth.a€ Neiswander traces this evolving discourse within the context of current writing on interior decoration, writing that is much more detached from social and political issues of the day.Liberalism and the British Home 1870-1914 Judy Neiswander Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art ... At the level of the frieze a shelf encircles the room on which are displayed numerous examples of blue-and-white porcelain plates, vases, and covered jars. ... of A. W. N. Pugin in the interlaced Gothic arches of the base and bears a close resemblance to a table in C. aamp; R. Lighta#39;s catalogue of 188 1.

Title:The Cosmopolitan Interior
Author: Judy Neiswander
Publisher:Paul Mellon Ctr for Studies - 2008

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