Women in the Nineteenth-Century Art World: Schools of Art and Design for Women in London and Philadelphia

Synopsis

A historical perspective on current issues, such as gender and class, is applied to art education and rendered through a study of two institutions, the Female School of Design in London and the Philadelphia School of Design for Women. Sweeping generalizations are avoided as women's history, intertwined with men's, unfolds in two cities on opposite continents. Women's struggles against male domination and prejudice to define art education for themselves for work provides the common theme uniting the social issues explored. Through this unique examination of the relationship between the two schools, women's place in British and American art education is reclaimed.