Thursday, November 8, 2018

Reading - 18C American Woman with a Book

1787 Charles Willson Peale (American artist, 1741-1827) Mary Chew (Mrs Thomas Elliott Chrysler) reading with glasses

Reading in the colonies & early nation was not restricted to religious texts. Classical & humanist works were popular reading matter, just as in Europe, along with newspapers, almanacs, chapbooks, novels, & books on proper conduct.