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Written by Lisa Dalrymple
(9/3/2003 12:33 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Elinor's painted screens, penned by Barbara
] Now, what do you all think of the symbolism of the ladies at this party looking at and talking about these items that are meant to hide one's face?? ;-)
I wondered what the screens were supposed to be, they must have been small enough to hold one in each hand. I found the link below that gives some history of firescreens. The section called "Horses, banners and poles" is very interesting. I was thinking maybe they were the end panels to the "horse" type of fire screen? (quote from the site): "In the late 18thcentury, screens tended to be fairly light and often had small, oval panels". If I read this correctly, they would have been used to regulate the heat from the fire - in this case Mrs. Ferras is completely cooled by them when she hears Elinor painted them.
|History of fire screens|
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