The painting shows a maid in tears in the middle of the room.
The First Place by A Erwood, 1860
© The Geffrye Museum of the Home
- Oil on canvas
- 31.5 x 27 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £5,155 ( Total: £13,750)
- Acquired in:
She has been sweeping the hearth (or carpet) using a dustpan and brush. The title indicates the source of her unhappiness - she is overcome with the difficulties of her first position, away from her own home and family. It provides an accurate and detailed view of a mainstream middle-class home. It is also unusual because its subject is a servants experience. The experience of servants has tended to be overlooked by historians and they are under-represented in the museums galleries.
Christopher Wood, London; Sir David Scott, 1979; Sotheby's, London.