The Dark Truth of Victorian Adoption (ONLINE)

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Taught by Gabriella Corey

After receiving a degree in the History of Art and Architecture from College of Charleston in 2013, Gabriella moved to Germany to travel and work. In September 2015, Gabriella completed her master’s thesis from the Universtiy of Glasgow on clocks and shfiting temporality in Medieval western art and moved from London back to Germany. In January, she accepted a position with Christie’s Old Master Department and moved to a Success Specialist position at artnet in April. Outside of work, Gabriella’s interests focus around getting lost in new areas of the city, eating cupcakes at every possible opportunity, and reading an incredibly random selection of books.

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During Victorian England a young woman who found herself pregnant and unmarried had very little options at her disposal. Unfortunately one of the options was baby farming, always disguised as adoption by predatory women looking to make money fast.

In this lecture we will be taking a look at what led to baby farming exploding in popularity as well as examining the biggest culprits of this trend, like Amelia Dyer who is said to have killed over 300 babies during her time as a “baby farmer.”

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