Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Agnes of Dunbar

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Agnes of Dunbar
b. circa 1312, Scotland; d. 1369, Scotland

Agnes of Dunbar, called Black Agnes, was born into a noble family of Scotland and played an important role in the cause of Scottish independence. During her lifetime, she held the titles of countess of Moray, countess of Dunbar, and countess of March, the latter two obtained through her marriage to Patrick, earl of Dunbar and March. Agnes is remembered for her defense of Dunbar Castle during a siege by the English, which lasted from January 13 to June 10, 1338, during a time when Patrick was away on military business.

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