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Title: Elite women and material culture in Ireland, 1770-1840
Author: Thorpe, Ruth
ISNI:       0000 0004 7230 8370
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2018
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Through an extensive exploration of the archives of Irish estate houses, the thesis explores the involvement of women in the architecture and design of buildings, rooms and furniture. It documents the interest which women took in drawing and designing buildings and the layout of rooms. It also looks at the involvement of elite women in the consumer revolution of the late eighteenth century and their purchases of furniture, carpets and wall paper in Ireland, England and further afield. A final chapter looks at women's emotional investment in objects which they willed mainly to female relatives. The thesis was examined in November 2017 and was enthusiastically passed by the examiners who recommended publication with very few editorial changes.
Supervisor: O'Dowd, Mary ; Purdue, Olwen Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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