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Anna Maria Garthwaite

(c. 1688—1763) textile designer


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(b Harsten, Leics, 14 March 1688; d 1763). English textile designer. After 40 years in Grantham, where her father was rector, Garthwaite moved to London, where she became the leading English silk-designer of the second quarter of the 18th century. Her silks incorporated naturalistic, asymmetrical flowers in her designs from 1742, and in the following year started using C-scrolls reversed on each other. There is a collection of her designs in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.


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