Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Isabella De Forz

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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

Isabella De Forz
b. 1237, England; d. 1293, Stockwell, England

Isabella de Revières was married at a young age to the English nobleman William de Forz (Fortibus). The deaths of her husband and brother, the earl of Devon, left Isabella one of the richest women in England. She assumed the titles countess of Devon and lady of the Isle of Wight, a small island in southern England. She owned and managed a vast amount of land, much of it dedicated to farming and sheep raising for wool production. Records indicate that her estates were exceptionally efficient and productive. Just before her death in 1293, she sold the Isle of Wight to King Edward I of England, placing the island under full control of the crown.

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