Printed Textiles: British and American Cotton and Linens

Book cover (cropped).

Linda Eaton, John L. & Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textiles at Winterthur

 

 

Book cover.Take the “bones” of a classic volume, rewrite with updated and newly researched material, add 600 glorious color images, and you have the makings of a new standard in the field: Printed Textiles: British and American Cottons and Linens, 1700‒1850. Author Linda Eaton, the John L. & Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textiles at Winterthur, has produced the worthy sequel to Florence Montgomery’s 1970 publication, Printed Textiles.

The textile industry was one of the fastest growing and most lucrative trades in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. This volume addresses the textile industry in both Britain and America and provides a fascinating lens into international trade relations and cultural exchange over a period of nearly two centuries. Eaton addresses designers and design as well as the chemistry and technology of printing on cottons and linens, focusing primarily on furnishing fabrics—referred to as “furnitures”—rather than dress fabrics.

This significant addition to textile scholarship, co-published by Winterthur and The Monacelli Press, features 6 chapters and 370 catalogue entries drawn from the important Winterthur collection. The 384-page publication will be available from the Winterthur Bookstore in late September, but is available for pre-order now onlineCall 800.448.3883, ext. 4741. $85. ISBN 978-1-58093-393-3

Block-printed furniture.

Printed furniture chintz. Printed in Britain or America; 1840s. Museum purchase 1965.76

Blue block-printed furniture in the resist style.

Block-printed furniture in the resist style. Found in Albany, New York. Printed in Britain; 1760s-70s. Museum purchase 1968.360.1

 

Printed furniture chintz.

Printed furniture chintz. Printed in Britain or America; 1840s. Museum purchase 1965.76

 

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