Louder Than Words

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This study explores women at work during the 18th century using images from two major collections of engravings: plates from Diderot’s Encyclopedie (1762–72) and from the less well-known Descriptions de arts et metiers (1761–88) by the Academie Royale des Sciences. Beginning with traditional roles in agriculture, mining and fishing, Sheridan explores women’s work in crafts, textiles and manufacturing, and commercial activities from oyster-selling on the street to managing fashion houses.

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Louder Than Words

Louder Than Words

Ways of Seeing Women Workers in Eighteenth-Century France

Hardback272pp Illustrated285x220mm

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This study explores women at work during the 18th century using images from two major collections of engravings: plates from Diderot’s Encyclopedie (1762–72) and from the less well-known Descriptions de arts et metiers (1761–88) by the Academie Royale des Sciences. Beginning with traditional roles in agriculture, mining and fishing, Sheridan explores women’s work in crafts, textiles and manufacturing, and commercial activities from oyster-selling on the street to managing fashion houses.

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