Laundry in 1800s Europe


 

Gustave Caillebotte (French painter, 1848–1894), Laundry Drying, Petit Gennevilliers 1892
When I was a child, Monday was laundry day. Today we just toss soiled linens into the washer, no matter the hour or day of the week. But when I drive through the nearby Amish countryside, where electric appliances are not allowed, I realize that laundry has been drying on the lines & blowing in the winds for centuries, even when snow covers the ground.
~Barbara Wells~

John Thomas Peele (English-born American genre artist, 1822–1897) The Song of the Shirt

Berthe Morisot (French artist, 1841-1895). Woman Hanging Out the Wash
Berthe Morisot (French artist, 1841-1895). Hanging the Laundry Out To Dry

Charles Rossiter (British painter, 1827-1897) Song of the Shirt – Folding the Laundry

Elin Kleopatra Danielson-Gambogi (Finnish painter, 1861-1919) A Sunny Day

Camille Pissarro (Caribbean-born French Impressionist Pointillist Painter, c 1830-1903) Family Garden

Edgar Degas (French painter, 1834–1917) Laundress Carrying Linen 1876

Camille Pissarro (Caribbean-born French Impressionist Pointillist Painter, c 1830-1903) The Laundry Woman 1898

Camille Pissarro (Caribbean-born French Impressionist Pointillist Painter, c 1830-1903)  Woman Tending the Laundry 1887

Frederic Ulrich (American expatriate painter, 1858-1908) Washerwomen Seville

Camille Pissarro (Caribbean-born French Impressionist Pointillist Painter, c 1830-1903) Woman Hanging Laundry 1887

Helen Allingham (née Helen Mary Elizabeth Paterson) (English painter, 1848–1926) Hanging the the Washing

Helene Schjerfbeck (Finnish artist, 1862-1946) Drying Laundry, 1883.

Jean-François Millet (French painter, 1814–1875) Les lavandières

Pierre Auguste Renoir (French Impressionist painter, 1841-1919)

Gustave Caillebotte (French painter, 1848–1894) Laundry Drying 1892

Camille Pissarro (Caribbean-born French Impressionist Pointillist Painter, c 1830-1903)  Les laveuses

Albert Edelfelt (Finnish Academic painter, 1854-1905) Laundresses 1893
Willibald Alfred Reuter (German artist, 1868-1899) Auf dem Wäschetrockenplatz 1899
Edgar Degas (French artist, 1834-1917). In a Laundry 1884

Edgar Degas (French painter, 1834–1917) Washer Women

Thomas Liddall Armitage (1800-1900) Washing Day

Désiré François Laugée (French artist, 1823 – 1896) Le linge de la ferme

Emile Claus (Belgian artist, 1849-1924) Sunny Day 1899

One response

  1. Beautiful collection… Yes Helga, our laundry is made so much easier.. I was in a machine, but I still always if I can dry on the lines outside.. as I have no tumble dryer.. 🙂

    It makes you think how much hard work it must have been, and all that fabric in long dresses too….
    Thank you for sharing my friend.. Sue xoxox

    2013/10/20 at 11:23 am