The Embroideress

The Embroideress

Edward John Cobbett RBA 1815-1899

Oil on canvas

Signed and dated 1864

124 x 20 inches

Exhibited: Royal Glasgow Institute, 1865, no. 433

"Cobbett painted idyllic rustic scenes, appealing to the public's disenchantment with industrialisation and urban life. He particularly excelled at painting children, portraying them with a quiet dignity despite their humble circumstances. A similar picture to ours showing a group of young girls embroidering in a cottage interior is in the York Museum. A critic for The Examiner in 1856 remarked that 'Pictures by Mr. EJ Cobbett... are especially full of that sense of beauty among cottages that cleverly stops short of being trifling....'" — Rupert Maas