The Accomplished Lady: A History of Genteel Pursuits, 1660-1860
Gluing and sticking was the lot of many of those confined in the English gentlewoman’s particular kind of purdah. If she had “early acquire[d] a submissive temper and forbearing sprit”, she could unleash herself peaceably into a lifetime of shellwork, embroidery, singing, art, music, and card playing. The likes of Mrs Delaney produced outstanding works of art. Illustrated.