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Isabella Rosner

Miss Isabella Rosner

Research Student

Project Title: '"Women Professing Godliness with Good Works": British and American Quaker Women's Decorative Arts before Ackworth and Westtown, circa 1660-1800'


Research interests

I am in the history department, not the principal's office.

Hailing from Los Angeles, I obtained my BA from Columbia University and my MPhil from the University of Cambridge. Both of my previous degrees are in art history. My PhD, currently titled ‘"Women Professing Godliness With Good Works": British and American Quaker Women’s Decorative Arts Before Ackworth and Westtown, 1650-1779', focuses on seventeenth-century English needlework and eighteenth-century Philadelphia wax and shellwork shadow boxes. My PhD is generously funded by the King’s PGR International Scholarship.

I specialise in the study of women's domestic needlework, focusing on Early Modern British cabinets, caskets, and needlework pictures, as well as schoolgirl samplers from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. My method of research is object-based, aided by my past jobs and internships at Colonial Williamsburg, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kettle's Yard, and the Fitzwilliam Museum. 

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