Dating Jane by B. Scott Crawford


Lilly Martin Spencer is known in the realm of art history for her genre paintings that reflect 19th c. ideals about domesticity. However, an albeit simple portrait of a mother and child completed by the artist, it was believed, sometime around 1858 suggests there is much more to Spencer than what the historiography surrounding her advances!

Dating Jane explores this painting, titled Jane Eleanor Sherman Lacey and Her Son Edward, in great detail. Through the book you will become immersed in mid 19th c. culture as it relates to death and dying. You will also uncover hidden secrets about the painting - and about Spencer’s creative process – that shed light on the artist’s work in postmortem portraiture!

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