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In 1910, Walter Sickert famously declared that art should ‘avoid the drawing room and stick to the kitchen’. Sickert makes very specific assumptions about domestic space, for if there is a drawing room to be avoided, it is also more than likely that the kitchen is located below stairs, and is the domain of a female servant. In this lecture Dr Leena Kore-Schröder (School of English) argues that Gilman configured interior space rather differently, bringing the kitchen and the drawing room together in ways that cut across both gender and class.
Image: Shopping List 1912, Harold Gilman
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