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3rd December, 2014

Talk on The Babylonian Marriage Market (2) by Edwin Long (RHUL)

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3rd December, 2014

To many contemporary viewers this painting seems a strange choice for a women’s college. This talk explores why Thomas Holloway was so keen to buy the picture that broke the record for the highest sum ever paid at auction for a contemporary artist and sets the painting within the context of the 19th century struggle to improve the status of women and their education.

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