Eleanor Coade - artist in artificial stone
It is remarkable that Eleanor Coade, a single woman in the late 18th century, rose to the top of her trade during a period dominated by men. With her strong will and creative mind, she was able to create a fine and elegant product that remained at the pinnacle of British applied arts for 50 years - from the neo-classical through to the romantic period - and that still remains one of the finest examples of artificial stone in the world.
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