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Title :

Domestic service, privacy and the eighteenth-century metropolitan household

Author :
MELDRUM, Tim ;
Publication year :
1999
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Recent analysis of the public-private dichotomy in the 18th c. has portrayed the London household as the locus of architectural innovation as elites distanced themselves from their domestic servants, so implicating it in a fundamental component of modernity, the 'growth of privacy'. The master-servant divide allegedly widened over the course of the 18th c., trickling down from the nobility to the middling sorts. But the testimony of domestic servants demonstrates that much architectural innovation (like back stairs and servant bells), can be found in London houses well before the orthodox model allows, and their cultural transmission is by no means simply one of trickle-down. Continuity and complexity, rather than paradigmatic shift, are much more apparent, bringing into question the use of probate inventory or architectural evidence alone in charting cultural change. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Architecture ; Domestiques ; Elément architectural ; Grande-Bretagne ; London (GBR) ; Maison ; Vie domestique ; Vie privée ; 1700-1800 ;
Descriptors :
Architectural elements ; Architecture ; Domestic life ; Great Britain ; Houses ; London (GBR) ; Privacy ; Servants ; 1700-1800 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Urban history, 1999, 26, 1, May
INIST identifier :
24970907 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0963-9268 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;