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Advice for women

While listening to a wonderful lecture by Kenneth Bartlett, I found out about one of the most popular books of the Victorian era, and beyond, specifically addressed to women, that is Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management of 1861. I am enjoying reading it, and contrasting it visually with images I have been collecting of female (and some male) victims on crime shows such as Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. The difference between the gentle guidance to women and the violence many women experience inside and outside the home are here depicted.

Two preliminary oil sketches:

Excerpt from Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management (1) Excerpt from Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management (2)