Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sewing indoors - Girls in 18C-20C portraits

Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin (French Rococo Era Painter, 1699-1779) The Diligent Mother c 1740

"Almost every one of my sisters had some distinctive aptitude with her fingers. One worked exquisite lace-embroidery; another had a knack at cutting and fitting her doll’s clothing so perfectly that the wooden lady was always a typical specimen of the genteel doll-world; and another was an expert at fine stitching, so delicately done that it was a pleasure to see or to wear anything her needle had touched. I had none of these gifts. I looked on and admired, and sometimes tried to imitate, but my efforts usually ended in defeat and mortification." 
Lucy Larcom. A New England Girlhood, 1889

Pietro Antonio Rotari (Italian artist, 1707-1762) Girl Sewing

Bernhard Gutmann (German-American artist, 1869-1936) The Sewing Girl 1911

Eugene von Blaas (Italian-born Austrian painter, 1843–1931) The Knitting Lesson

Emile Munier (French academic painter, 1840-1895) A Careful Stitch

Jean-Baptiste Greuze (French Rococo Era Painter, 1725-1805) The Wool Winder

Constant Mayer (French-American artist, 1832-1911) The Sewing School

Jean-Baptiste Greuze (French Rococo Era Painter, 1725-1805) The Little Knitter

William Kay Blacklock (British artist, 1872-1924) The Lesson

Julian Alden Weir (American, 1852-1919) Girl Knitting

Emma Ekwall (Swedish artist, 1838–1925) Girl with Needle Work