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Oil painting - A Cottage Interior: An Old Woman Preparing Tea
  • A Cottage Interior: An Old Woman Preparing Tea
    Bigg, William Redmore RA, born 1755 - died 1828
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A Cottage Interior: An Old Woman Preparing Tea

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    1793 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bigg, William Redmore RA, born 1755 - died 1828 (painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on canvas

  • Museum number:

    199-1885

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This cottage interior is painted in great detail, as the story of the picture is told not by actions, but by the objects displayed in it. Bigg specialised in painting genre pictures of the 'virtuous poor', whose poverty he indicated by depicting the modest and unshowy nature of the few things they possessed. The little table is set with the old lady's frugal meal of bread, butter and tea. She sits before a small fire of twigs, where her kettle is boiling. The teapot, cup and saucer, knife and tea caddy on the table are carefully painted, as is the square wooden platter, with a circular hole for the salt, shown propped up on the shelf behind her. Wooden plates were cheaper than pewter, and less fragile than ceramic dishes.

Physical description

Oil painting

Place of Origin

England (painted)

Date

1793 (painted)

Artist/maker

Bigg, William Redmore RA, born 1755 - died 1828 (painter)

Materials and Techniques

oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

'W R Bigg 1793'
Signed and dated by the artist

Dimensions

Height: 25.5 in estimate, Width: 21.25 in estimate

Object history note

Probably exhibited at the Royal Academy, 1794 [14] as `Poor old woman's comfort.'

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'A Cottage Interior - an Old Woman Preparing Tea', William Redmore Bigg, 1793

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Taste and Essence, Macau : Museu de Arte, 2013. ISBN: 9789996502040.

p.20

Materials

Oil paint; Canvas

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Tableware; Cottage; Tea Service; Furniture

Categories

Eating; Interiors; Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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