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Watercolour - Stewart Harrison's The Iceberg - The Seamstress

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1906P655
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1860 - 1860

Maker Information

Artist:John Everett Millais - View biography for John Everett Millais


The Seamstress is an illustration to 'The Iceberg', a story by J. Stewart Harrison published in the periodical 'Once A Week'. The story tells of a sailor (Ben) who is attached to a young woman (Esther) and returns from a voyage to discover she has borne a son by another man. The plight of 'fallen women' reduced to piece-work sewing for miserably low pay was first brought to public attention through Thomas Hood's poem 'The Song of the Shirt', published in Punch in 1843.

Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1906.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Watercolour with scratching on paper.

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Height:112 mm
Width:138 mm