Image: E. V. B. (Eleanor Vere Boyle) , Ros Rosarum: Ex Horto Poet, London: Elliot Stock, 1885. (Rosamond Philpott, binder), Lisa Unger Baskin Collection
We offer these questions as guidance; you may notice and investigate other details about your item, and that's great! You'll be sharing your thoughts about these questions or your own observations with your small group in the next step of this activity, so you may want to take notes.
Who created the source you’re looking at, when was it created and why do you think it was created? Is there a specific point the creator was trying to make or message she was trying to send?
What sort of information can your source provide about women working in visual arts or about the country and time in which it was created? Whether you have chosen an image, an object, or a manuscript consider what it tells about the woman artist who produced it. Do artists produce similar items today? If so, can you give some examples?
Do different items share the same themes through different media? Are some items more powerful in conveying some meanings than others? if so, why?
Based on the source you are analyzing, what would you tell a friend about the history of the women in visual arts?
A single primary source sometimes raises more questions than it answers. What questions do you still have about the source you reviewed?