This week at Fairfax House in York, an extraordinary scrapbook of historic fabrics will go on show for the first time.
The fabrics were originally featured in Ackermann’s Repository of arts, literature, commerce, manufactures, fashions, and politics, a well-known early 19th century periodical which is an incredible source for study of that period. They were gathered into a scrapbook entitled British Patterns of Manufacture, for the benefit of students at Bradford Technical College.
The scrapbook will be on show in a major exhibition at Fairfax House which explores the growth of shopping as a leisure pastime in Georgian England. Consuming Passions will run from 28 May-31 December 2015 and will look at the ways Georgian middle and upper class people decorated themselves and their homes in the latest fashion. The vivid and colourful patterns depicted in the scrapbook are a fascinating part of this exuberant and luxurious world.
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- Opening hours and other information about Consuming Passions can be found on the Fairfax House website.
- I wrote about the scrapbook and other versions of Ackermann’s in our 100 Objects exhibition, Number 36: Fabrics and Fashion Plates.