A few of the author's favorite things: clothes, fetishism, and The Tailor of Gloucester

Field, Hannah (2010) A few of the author's favorite things: clothes, fetishism, and The Tailor of Gloucester. The Lion and the Unicorn, 34 (3). pp. 17-33. ISSN 0147-2593

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In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: It is well known that the cherry-colored coat, taffeta-lined waistcoat, and miniature mouse-dresses in Beatrix Potter's The Tailor of Gloucester are visual representations of real clothes. Indeed, many of the material objects that served as models for Tailor's textual world are still extant: as Judy Taylor and her co-authors joyously proclaim, "we are able to see the original costumes which she drew, together with her sketches and finished book pictures" at the Victoria and Albert Museum (110).1 An exhibition in 2003 and 2004 allowed gallery-goers to do just that.2 What has been less often remarked upon is the enraptured tone in which the "delighted" Potter wrote of drawing and poring over these "most beautiful" clothes "out of the case" in a 1903 letter to Norman Warne. The writer seems engaged in a personal and passionate relationship with the material object that colors Tailor as a book.

Keywords:Children's literature, Beatrix Potter, Illustration, material culture
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:11776
Deposited On:03 Sep 2013 12:31

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