After more than four decades as the gold standard on the history of furnishing fabrics, PRINTED TEXTILES: British and American Cottons and Linens, 1700 – 1850, has been comprehensively updated by Winterthur’s Linda Eaton, the John L. & Marjorie P. McGraw director of collections and senior curator of textiles. It reflects new information since the book’s original publication in 1970.
A sourcebook for textiles influencing the social and political worlds of two continents, PRINTED TEXTILES offers rare insights into the fascinating—and sometimes surprising—origins of designs, textures, patterns, and colors that are today inextricably woven into modern culture. The author, Linda Eaton, has produced a sequel to Florence Montgomery’s 1970 publication, Printed Textiles, offering a fresh and thoroughly documented look at not only fabrics and techniques, but also the broader worlds of commerce and material culture.
From quilts to window curtains, slipcovers to bedhangings, the Winterthur Museum collection includes some of the finest cotton and linen textiles made or used in America and Britain between 1700 and 1850. One of the fastest-growing and potentially lucrative trades in the 18th and early 19th centuries, on the forefront of developments in science and engineering, chemistry and technology, the textile industry is a fascinating lens into international trade relations and cultural exchange over two centuries. With hundreds of beautifully photographed samples, this significant addition to textile scholarship allows for a full appreciation of these fascinating fabrics.
· Textiles shown in black-and-white in the original book have been re-photographed in color, adding a rich new dimension to the experience of the book.
· More than 100 exquisite pieces acquired by Winterthur Museum since 1970 have been added to both the text discussion and photography in the book, significantly enhancing the depth and breadth of the contents.
· In all, more than 600 spectacular color photographs are in the new edition.
Winterthur’s expertise in American decorative arts provides a unique position from which to document and discuss the industry. With the first publication of PRINTED TEXTILES, Winterthur curator Montgomery outlined for the first time all aspects of these fabrics. The book quickly became a classic, serving as a comprehensive guide on creative and technical issues through detailed research, expert insight, and dramatic illustrations.