A Woman’s Work

A little while ago I posted a blog illustrating the traditional poem ‘Dashing away with the Smoothing Iron’ with eighteenth and nineteenth century illustrations of women at work. Some people criticised the illustrations as offering an idealised image of working women, I hope they like this better. Here is a traditional couplet, the first line less well known than the second

Man’s work lasts till set of sun

Harvest Moon Helen Allingham

Woman’s work is never done

The Sleeping Kitchen Maid by Peter Jakob Horemans 1765

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Filed under Georgian, Historical Reconstructions, Victorian

4 responses to “A Woman’s Work

  1. criticised? Who? shocking!!

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  2. I think there is no one girl want to unclear the work

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  3. If the girl has discipline

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