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Washing Day; view of a street with stone cottages, woman in doorway with washing tub and line talking to two children, on the left, two jugs and a hoop against a wall. 1892
Watercolour over graphite
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Height: 265 millimetres
Width: 310 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Much of Langley's early work in Newlyn, where he moved in 1882, was in watercolour, and focused on daily life and moments of personal crisis in the lives of the fishermen's families. His reputation grew after he turned to oils in 1892. As there were only a couple of thatched cottages in Newlyn at this date, it is possible that this scene was actually executed in one of the nearby villages.
Langley exhibited a watercolour with this title, date and similar dimensions in 1893 at The Fine Arts Galleries in London. He painted another, unrelated work, titled 'Washing Day' in 1892, probably an oil.
The following label was written by Kim Sloan for Places of the Mind, 2017:
Langley was one of the pioneers of the Newlyn school of painters who concerned themselves with the family life of the fishing community. He arrived in 1882 and worked mainly in watercolour in a technique that was admired for its directness, simplicity, control of tone and colour harmony. Langley was moved by the plight of the community and its hazardous existence but distant London audiences, unfamiliar with the reality of their harsh lives, admired his handling of light and shadow and envied him his ‘painter’s paradise’ of ‘picturesque buildings, and quaint fisher-folk’.
See also S. Smiles, 'Representation an reality in West Counrty landscapes', in K. Sloan (ed.), Places of the Mind: British watercolour landscapes 1850-1950, (London, 2017), pp. 118-139.
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- Exhibition history
1893, Fine Arts Galleries, London (probably)
2017 23 Feb-27 Aug, London, BM, G90, Places of the Mind: British Landscape watercolours 1850-1950
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- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
Purchased by the donor's mother from Padmore family house sale in 1950s
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