Dashing Away With The Smoothing Iron

 unknown artist; Portrait of a Lady in a Floral Dress Washing ClothesHenry Robert Morland

‘Twas on a Monday morning
When I beheld my darling
She looked so neat and charming
In every high degree
She looked so neat and nimble, O
A-washing of her linen, O

Dashing away with the smoothing iron
Dashing away with the smoothing iron
She stole my heart away.

 Henry Robert Morland A laundry maid leaning out of a sash window

Henry Robert Morland

‘Twas on a Tuesday morning
When I beheld my darling
She looked so neat and charming
In every high degree
She looked so neat and nimble, O
A-rinsing out her linen, O

Dashing away with the smoothing iron
Dashing away with the smoothing iron
She stole my heart away.

Clothes Line Helen AllinghamHelen Allingham

 ‘Twas on a Wednesday morning
When I beheld my darling
She looked so neat and charming
In every high degree
She looked so neat and nimble, O
A-hanging out her linen, O

Dashing away with the smoothing iron
Dashing away with the smoothing iron
She stole my heart away.

Franz Xaver Simm Seamstress

Franz Xaver Simm

 ‘Twas on a Thursday morning
When I beheld my darling
She looked so neat and charming
In every high degree
She looked so neat and nimble, O
A-mending of her linen, O

Dashing away with the smoothing iron
Dashing away with the smoothing iron
She stole my heart away.

Morland, Henry Robert, c.1716-1797; Domestic Employment: Ironing
Henry Robert Morland

‘Twas on a Friday morning
When I beheld my darling
She looked so neat and charming
In every high degree
She looked so neat and nimble, O
A-ironing of her linen, O

Dashing away with the smoothing iron
Dashing away with the smoothing iron
She stole my heart away.
William Henry Margetson The Laundry Maid

William Henry Margetson

‘Twas on a Saturday morning
When I beheld my darling
She looked so neat and charming
In every high degree
She looked so neat and nimble, O
A-folding of her linen, O

Dashing away with the smoothing iron
Dashing away with the smoothing iron
She stole my heart away.

Emil Brack - The bonnet
Emil Brack

‘Twas on a Sunday morning
When I beheld my darling
She looked so neat and charming
In every high degree
She looked so neat and nimble, O
A-wearing of her linen, O

Dashing away with the smoothing iron
Dashing away with the smoothing iron
She stole my heart away.

Henry Robert Morland A Servant Girl Ironing

Henry Robert Morland

I have recently been looking at eighteenth and nineteenth century paintings looking for images of people working. These include a fascinating series of paintings of working women, which I have used to illustrate the traditional rhyme.

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6 Comments

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6 responses to “Dashing Away With The Smoothing Iron

  1. Charming, much like your no 2 son who’s been here today…. Not much sign of ironing though.

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  2. Beautifully illustrated Gordon , and enjoyable to see the old lyrics. I can’t help but think conditions where not a pleasant as portrayed
    Two images here that might be nearer the truth.

    And

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdalene_Laundries_in_Ireland

    Sadly life was hard if you were a worker.
    Great post though. x

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    • True life was harder than it is today, but I have long learnt not to distrust images of the past because they don’t match our idea of what it ‘must have been like’, or take them at face value because they do. It’s part of the fun of being an historian and part time time-traveller.

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  3. Autism Mom

    Beautiful art making hard work look lovely – as was the point, I am guessing. 🙂

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