A glimpse of the life of common people features at London auction

Works with domestic themes under hammer

22nd November, 2015
The Maid Was in the Garden Hanging out the Clothes by John Lavery

Irish art due to go under the hammer in London this week includes two works, each expected to make £300,000-£500,000. Measuring 73.2 x 38.2 centimetres, The Maid was in the Garden Hanging out the Clothes, is an early work by John Lavery.

The nursery rhyme title stems from the popularity of the laundress as a subject circa 1883, prompted by Robert Louis Stevenson’s eulogy when he described peasant women “who wash and wash all day...

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