Portrait of a Woman in Silk

Portrait of a Woman in Silk

Join us for the second installment of LancasterHistory’s new artifact-focused programming series, the Material Culture Forum! On Thursday, March 28, 2019, join LancasterHistory Curatorial staff for in-depth object studies of Lancaster County portraiture and clothing followed by a presentation by Zara Anishanslin, Ph.D., who will join us in conversation about her book Portrait of a Woman in Silk: Hidden Histories of the British Atlantic World.

For event details and how to register, please scroll to the bottom of this event.

Book cover of "Portrait of a Woman in Silk."At 4pm, LancasterHistory Assistant Curator Tori Pyle will present a close look and conversation about the ways in which portraiture and textiles interact, using objects from the LancasterHistory Collections.

At 4:30pm, special guest Dr. Zara Anishanslin will join us in a presentation and discussion of Portrait of a Woman in Silk.

Image of Zara Anishanslin, Ph.D.
Dr. Zara Anishanslin

Through the story of a portrait of a woman in a silk dress, Zara Anishanslin embarks on a fascinating journey, exploring and refining debates about the cultural history of the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world. While most scholarship on commodities focuses either on labor and production or on consumption and use, Anishanslin unifies both, examining the worlds of four identifiable people who produced, wore, and represented this object: a London weaver, one of early modern Britain’s few women silk designers, a Philadelphia merchant’s wife, and a New England painter.

Zara Anishanslin, Ph.D. is assistant professor of history and art history at the University of Delaware.


This event begins at 4pm on Thursday, March 28 , 2019 at LancasterHistory.org, 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster.

Tickets are $15 for LancasterHistory.org members and $25 for non-members. Advance tickets are required and may be purchased online by click the “Buy Tickets” button below or by calling (717) 392-4633. Questions and accessibility requests may be directed to info@lancasterhistory.org or (717) 392-4633. Ticketholders should bring a paper printout of their tickets or be able to display their tickets on a cellphone or other internet-enabled device to check-in to the lecture.

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Book Signing Lecture Program

March 28, 2019 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster 4 - 5:30PM $15 Members | $25 Non-Members