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The Art of Appearance: The Concept and Implications of Cosmetics in the Eighteenth Century, Alexandra Abrams

A study of an excerpt from Letters to the Ladies, on the Preservation of Health and Beauty. By a physician, (1770), and a boîte à mouches, (c. 1750-1755), to explore how, in the eighteenth century, achieving beauty became a preoccupation in itself. Its importance is focused on by exploring the effort – and dangers – taken in its achievement. The article will also use the artefacts to assess the language of appearance, in terms of status and intention. It will demonstrate that ‘beauty’ became such a preoccupation that some even gave their lives in its name.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
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