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Barbara Johnson’s Album: Material Literacy and Consumer Practice, 1746-1823

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Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Eighteenth Century Studies
Journal publication date27 Aug 2018
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 27 Aug 2018


This article examines Barbara Johnson’s Album, a prolific record of the dress consumption of a Reverend’s daughter. The Album contains over one-hundred samples of dress fabrics acquired by Johnson between the ages of eight and eighty-five. Interrogated alongside the Johnson family correspondence, and didactic tools produced by Johnson’s mother, this article argues that the Album acted as a material form of account book: conceived as a moral, financial, and material regulator. Considered within the emerging framework of material knowledge and consumer skill, the Album provides important evidence of how consumers maintained and developed their material literacy.

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