Friday, May 23, 2014

Aren't you hot in that? Part 3

I started this series early last fall as a lesson in the safety of period clothing, then as a survey of evidence of women in "work" clothes. Images, engravings, and paintings of women doing daily chores invite us into their daily lives, like a snapshot to the 19th Century.

The Tin Cup, 1864 by John George Brown
I'm still not sure what the mother in this painting is doing, laundry maybe? Notice her light sun-bonnet and apron, but serving functionally. It appears that she may also have on a work petticoat under that apron.

Canal Street Market, 1860 by Henry Mosler

This painting of Canal Street Market has so much going on! Look at the aprons, the bonnets, the baskets! Its a look into bustling street scene that gives so much detail I encourage you to look at it large and see all of those wonderful details that Mosler included. Here we do see at least two wonderful sunbonnets in different styles.
Engraving of a Laundress, Harper's Weekly Sept 1862.

This is a war time engraving printed in Harper's Weekly, Sept 26, 1862. This laundress has her skirts pulled up around her and her sleeves either pushed up, or may even be a short sleeve dress. I love that her hair is  coming loose and we can see those stray ends falling out! Makes me feel good about my hair being a mess while running round.

For more in this series & to see more images, please read Part 1 & Part 2

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