Withdrawing, historically and today

The root of the seventeenth century term Drawing Room is a space where ‘ladies would withdraw to’ for greater privacy or entertaining. The nature and purpose of such a room therefore raises issues and provokes thought about what withdrawing means historically and today.

Privacy
Comfort
Upper class
Stately
Masculine
Feminine
Adult
Served
For entertaining
Showy/ ostentatious
Opulence
Homely
Relaxed
Solitary
Safe
Quiet
Calm
Melancholy
Enclosed
Sanctuary
Simple

Our proposals, and the process we go through, will explore the issues that drawing rooms raise; privacy, wealth, gender, socialising, story telling.

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