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.
A Young Woman Reading in an Attic Bedroom by Alice Squire, 1861
© The artist's estate
- 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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