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Juliet Learmouth

Women and the West End Town House: Agency and Self-fashioning in Eighteenth-Century London.

My research project examines the relationship between elite women and the town house in eighteenth-century London.  Through the close study of personal manuscripts left by women and surviving visual material, it explores the extent to which women facilitated innovation both in terms of architecture and interior decoration.  My research investigates what motivated women to commission a town house, what function the house performed and how it was perceived by contemporary society.  It examines the extent to which women competed with their contemporaries in a concentrated urban environment and reinforced their social and political standing through material display.

Supervisor:  Dr Kate Retford.