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Caroline Chapman

Portrait of Marie Antoinette with her Children, by Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, 1787. (Château de Versailles, France / Bridgeman Images)

There were many obstacles preventing women from becoming artists in the 18th century, but those who overcame them created some of the most influential art of their time. 

Caroline Chapman delves into a wide-ranging and prolific correspondence, spanning half of the 18th century, between the British court diplomat to Florence, Horace Mann, and the historian and patron of the arts, Horace Walpole.