To Make a Figure in the World: Identity and Material Literacy in the Coach Consumption of British Ambassador, Lord Grantham

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Abstract

Using archival research on the correspondence of diplomat Thomas Robinson, 2nd Baron Grantham, this article examines how Grantham used his material knowledge of carriage design to negotiate the often-conflicting pushes and pulls on elite office-holding men’s identities and material cultures. Grantham’s anxieties and frustrations surrounding ‘making a figure’ showcase the importance of material culture and material literacy in the construction and negotiation of a professional (specifically diplomatic), social and gendered identity in the late-eighteenth century and suggests an alternative vision of the ‘anxious masculinity’ paradigm
Original languageEnglish
JournalGender & History
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Publication statusPublished - 2022

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