Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Sewing Outdoors - 19C & 20C America

Martha Walter (American Impressionist, 1875–1976) Lady Knitting in a Garden

In 1835, when she was 11 years old, Lucy Larcom's father died, & her mother moved the family from the coastal town of Beverly, Massachusetts, to Lowell. There, Lucy's mother ran a boardinghouse, & Lucy went to work in the textile mills. While at Lowell, she developed a friendship with John Greenleaf Whittier. In later years she became a teacher & poet, eventually publishing several books, among them A New England Girlhood.

"I think it must have been at home, while I was a small child, that I got the idea the chief end of woman was to make clothing for mankind…

"This thought came over me with a sudden dread one Sabbath morning when I was a toddling thing, led along by my sister, behind my father and mother. As they walked arm in arm before me, I lifted my eyes from my father’s heels to his head, and mused:

“How tall he is! And how long his coat looks! And how many thousand, thousand stitches there must be in his coat and pantaloons! And I suppose I have got to grow up and have a husband, and put all those little stitches into his coats and pantaloons. Oh, I never, never can do it!”

"A shiver of utter discouragement went through me. With that task before me, it hardly seemed to me as if life were worth living. I went to meeting, and I suppose I forgot my trouble in a hymn."

Lucy Larcom,  A New England Girlhood, 1889

Julian Alden Weir (American, 1852-1919) Friends-1898

Frederick Frieseke (American artist, 1874-1939) Sewing

Francis Coates Jones (American artist, 1857-1932) Sewing in the Garden

Anna Elizabeth Klumpke (American painter, 1856-1942) Knitting 1887

Daniel Garber (American artist, 1880-1958) Mending detail

Louis Lang (American genre painter, 1814-1893) The Sewing Party

Irving Ramsay Wiles (American artist, 1861–1948) Mrs Wiles in the Garden

William Lippincott (American artist, 1849–1920) Sewing - Paris

Mary Cassatt (American artist, 1844-1926) Lydia Seated on a Porch Crocheting 1882

Arthur Watson Sparks (American artist, 1871–1919) Sewing with a Machine under a Tree

Clara Davidson (American painter, 1874–1962) Knitting on the Porch

Arthur Watson Sparks (American artist, 1871–1919) Woman Sewing

Martha Walter (American Impressionist, 1875–1976) Afternoon in the Park

Arthur Watson Sparks (American artist, 1871–1919) Sewing in the Garden