Carmen, Georges Bizet’s ground-breaking opera of 1875, sent artists flocking to Seville. Visiting in 1892, John Lavery’s focus was on the women who hand-rolled cigarettes at the Royal Tobacco Factory.
They were ahead of their time, having held a strike in 1885 which won them better working conditions and the right to take their babies to work – the factory supplying the cradles.
Bonham’s has one of the five Lavery paintings of cigarreras known...
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