'Collars and Cuffs’ Installation as Part Of At A Woman’s Place at Knole 2018

Himid, Lubaina (2018) 'Collars and Cuffs’ Installation as Part Of At A Woman’s Place at Knole 2018. [Show/Exhibition]

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Lubaina Himid has produced two works that celebrate the lives of women who lived in the background and served at Knole. Himid, focuses on Grace Robinson, a laundry maid who lived at Knole in the 17th century at the time of Lady Anne Clifford. Grace is one of the few women of colour to have worked at the house and is referred to by the term ‘blackamoor’ in 17th century inventories.
Lubaina has produced a Flag for Grace with a pink, white and blue African-inspired print to fly from the flagpole of the Gatehouse Tower. Her second work, Collars and Cuffs, is a series of small portraits and motifs fixed to the drainpipes that lead down from the ornate guttering in Stone Court. These link Grace’s work to the water and air that would have dried the clothes she washed. Both works conjure her presence in spaces a servant would not have been allowed to access.

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