A Young Woman Reading in an Attic Bedroom by Alice Squire

This picture epitomises one of the most characteristic themes of mid-Victorian life, and is thus ideally suited to the Geffrye Museum with its emphasis on social history.


Watercolour with pen and ink over pencil
16 x 23 cm
Art Fund grant:
£550 ( Total: £2,200)
Acquired in:
Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox

As Jeffery Daniels, the Museum's Director, has observed, the suggestion that the young woman is a governess 'seems eminently plausible, for while she is clearly not a servant, neither does she appear to be a member of the immediate family - unless of course she is that archetypal Victorian embarrassment, a poor relation. However, she looks both confident and thoroughly at home, being permitted plants, pets and prints.'

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The museum is closed to the public for a major, transformational development project. It will reopen in winter 2019.
During closure, the restored almshouse will remain open for tours and a full programme of events will be run in the front gardens.