Written by Amanda Vickery, Behind Closed Doors introduces readers to men and women of all social classes and walks of life. Through a vast array of archival material (from upholsterers records to burglary trials) Vickery explores the home as social arena. Social visiting grew to new heights in the period, relaying increasing importance on home decoration. Ornament, the women’s roll in decoration, and the social currency of taste are all integral to Vickery’s points of discovery.
Available now from Yale University Press.