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.

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.'

The Geffrye Museum of the Home

136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London, Greater London, E2 8EA
020 7739 9893

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Set in beautiful 18th century almshouses and gardens in Hoxton, East London, the Museum explores and reeveals the multiple meanings of home and home life through displays of rooms and gardens through time, stories from the collections, exhibitions and events. The Museum is closed until May 2020 for a major redevelopment. When it reopens, it will be the go-to place for ideas, inspiration and debate around the universal theme of home. Opening hours will be Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-5pm

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