The First Place
- Art Funded
- 31.5 x 27 cm
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.
The museum is now closed to undergo a major, transformational development project. It will reopen in spring 2020.
Throughout closure, the Geffrye's restored almshouse will remain open for tours and a full programme of events will be run in the front gardens.