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Belle navigates blurred lines of race, gender and class in 18th Century Britain

TweetOne might as well begin with this painting. In this image, we see two women of status, Dido Elizabeth Belle alongside her cousin, white Lady Elizabeth Murray. It is an oil portrait from 1779. I’m no art historian, but I can tell you that the image communicated an intimacy and nod towards an equality in [...]
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