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

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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

Elizabeth Lucar
b. 1510, London; d. 1537, London

A brass plaque on the tomb of Elizabeth Lucar in Saint Michael's parish, London, extols her many virtues and skills: she was fluent in Latin, Spanish, and Italian, and an accomplished musician and needleworker. Elizabeth died at the age of twenty-seven; the epitaph was written by her husband, Emanuel Lucar (1494–1574), a member of the Merchant Tailors Company. Among Elizabeth's other talents was calligraphy; sources credit her with the writing of the first English essay on the subject.

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