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Title: Sarah Sophia Banks : femininity, sociability and the practice of collecting in late Georgian England
Author: Leis, A. C.
Awarding Body: University of York
Current Institution: University of York
Date of Award: 2013
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Sarah Sophia Banks, sister to the botanist and President of the Royal Society, Sir Joseph Banks, assumed an assertive role as a collector. Her repository, which is now housed in the British Museum and British Library contains a rich assemblage of commercial materials that documents the social urban culture of elite eighteenth and nineteenth-century circles. My dissertation will investigate Sarah Sophia Banks and her paper collections. Sifting through her overabundance of everyday, mass-produced, visual and textual sources, this study examines her elite status and collecting practices. It will also offer a social and art historical analysis of four categories of objects that Sarah Sophia collected: the admission ticket, the trade card, the visitor ticket and ladies’ pocket book imagery. This thesis will demonstrate how her collections embody the many characteristics of a modern and polite Eighteenth-century society.
Supervisor: Hallett, Mark Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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