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The Thoroughbred and the Swan: Aristocracy and progress towards wives' equality with their husbands in the mid-nineteenth century by David Darbyshire

The thoroughbred horse 'West Australian' and Cox's silver automaton swan were brilliant icons of the nineteenth century, the former bred and raced by an English nobleman and the latter purchased by his French actress wife as part of her endowment for the museum that she had begun to build close to their home and her husband's stud in County Durham in northern England. Their relations as a married couple illustrate a tipping point in laws and social attitudes governing marriage and in progress towards the equality of the sexes. This article considers their lives in the context of contemporary English and French society.

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Monday, April 23, 2018
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