Saturday, December 29, 2018

18C American Mother & Daughter Reading

1794-96 James Earl (American artist, 1761-1796) Rebecca Pritchard and her daughter Eliza reading & sewing

Not only was reading taught & mastered in the colonial home, but the home was the primary place of reading throughout people’s lives. For those of Protestant faiths, morning & evening devotions required reading & contemplation of religious texts, & often families & neighbors gathered in the home for further religious study