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Title: 1906P655 Stewart Harrison's The Iceberg - The Seamstress
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Stewart Harrison's The Iceberg - The Seamstress, 1860
Artist: 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.
Keywords:
Art Movement
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Pre-Raphaelite
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Birmingham Museums Trust/Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
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Watercolour
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Figurative
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Female
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Baby
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Sewing
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Study
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Cradle
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Works on Paper
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Literature
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Novel
   
Usage Rights: Creative Commons 0 - Public Domain. Optional attribution: Photo by Birmingham Museums Trust, licensed under CC0
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Credit Line: Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1906.