Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Jane Weir

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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

Jane Weir
b. circa 1610, Clydesdale, Scotland; d. 1670, Edinburgh, Scotland

Jane (Jean) Weir, along with her brother, Major Thomas Weir, a respected man in Scotland, voluntarily confessed to the crimes of witchcraft and incest. Because the Weirs were pillars of the Presbyterian church in Edinburgh, their confessions were treated with skepticism. After much examination, however, they were found guilty based on their own testimony. Thomas was executed on April 11, 1670, and Jane the following day. She was more than sixty years old at the time.

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