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18th Century Everyday Life

Artistic interpretations of objects, professions, people going about their day to day business, and places of everyday life for the vast majority (and the 1%) of people living in Georgian England, France and Europe.

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18th Century Everyday Life

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Giovanni Battista Rensi, draper, 1780, by Giovanni Battista Lampi, private collection. Note the page of fabric swatches he is holding.

Le XVIIIe siècle : l’âge d’or des boutons | GRHAM

Girl with a Dog and Fruit by John Opie or Francis Wheatley (style of)

Your Paintings - Girl with a Dog and Fruit

Needle Makers “Aiguiller-Bonnetier.” Recueil de planches, sur les sciences, les arts libéraux, et les arts méchaniques, avec leur explication. Première livraison. Paris, 1762 | MIT Exhibit

Needle Makers

Low-loom tapestry weaving at the Gobelins Factory: Workshop and the various actions of workers on the looms., Paris 1771. | MIT Diderot Exhibition

Low-loom tapestry weaving at the Gobelins Factory

Plumassier and Maker of Panaches: the plumassier’s shop, hung with peacock tails and ostrich plumes, women attach feathers to the elaborate headdresses and gowns required by courtly patrons. The large feather construction in the center of the vignette is intended for an ambassador’s horse. In plates like these, the viewer was led to think not only about how but also about who made the objects in their world.

Documenting the Humbler Trades: Cutler Recueil de planches, sur les sciences, les arts liberaux, et les arts méchaniques, avec leur explication. Seconde livraison, en deux parties. Seconde partie. Paris, 1763.

Documenting the Humbler Trades: Cork Maker. Diderot’s conception of the mechanical arts as a category of useful knowledge just as valuable as the liberal arts and sciences was a provocative challenge to long-standing prejudices against manual labor. | MIT Libraries Exhibits

Documenting the Humbler Trades

Fishing: making nets “Pêche, fabrique des filets. Manière de mailler sur le pouce, 1, 2, et 3 operation.” Recueil de planches, sur les sciences, les arts libéraux, et les arts mechaniques, avec leur explication Septième livraison, ou huitième volume. Paris, 1771 | Technology and Enlightenment: The Mechanical Arts in Diderot’s Encyclopédie Exhibit

Fishing: making nets

Chandelier - Candle Making, The Encycopediea of Diderot & D'Alembert, 1762 (University of Michigan Library) | via The 18th Century Material Culture Resource Center

Fire Starting & Candles

The Dutch East India Company was the main importer of chintz fabrics to Europe during the 17th and 18th century. This engraving shows the shipyard and warehouses of the company in Amsterdam, around 1750. Collection Fries Scheepvaart Museum, Sneek, The Netherlands.

Europeana Fashion project site

Little Beggar Girl and Woman Spinning, 1720, , Giacomo CERUTI (b. 1698, Milano, d. 1767, Milano). Private collection |WGA

Little Beggar Girl and Woman Spinning by CERUTI, Giacomo

Words written very differently from their pronunciation, and how to say them - according to Georgian Gent's 18thC ancestor Richard Hall

Those words written very different from their pronunciation… » Georgian Gentleman

A lady carrying a kettle, circa 1755, by Paul Sandby | Royal Collection Trust

A lady carrying a kettle

Figure studies; a woman holding a basket against her hip standing on the right, looking to left at a man standing by a wagon and another sitting by a barrow, with a boy in the left foreground, scratching his head; houses and other figures behind. Etching printed in brownish ink Paul Sandby 1740-1765 (circa)

Image gallery: print

Paul Sandby - London Cries- Fun upon Fun - 1759. Google Art Project

Paul Sandby - Washerwomen - (1790-1805) | Google Art Project

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c. 1759 - Paul Sandby - London Cries- A Fishmonger

Reading & Writing Ink Peddler by Anne Claude Philippe de Tubières, Comte de Caylus after Edme Bouchardon 1746 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Reading & Writing

The Walking Stationer, 1760, Paul Sandby This blind man sells memorandum books. The accompanying verse records his cry as: 'Memorandum books at a penny a piece of the Poor Blind. God bless you pity the Blind'. He carries a stick to find his way but is accompanied by a street-boy.

The Walking Stationer:1760, Paul Sandby

The Laundry Maid; a young lady wearing cap with a bow, a short jacket and dress with a low bodice, leaning out of a window, looking down to left, ringing out a linen shirt; after Morland; scratched-letter proof. 1774 Mezzotint

Love Token for Sarah Newlin, 1799 Artist unidentified, Pennsylvania, US. Ink and watercolor on paper

Collection | American Folk Art Museum

Puzzle Purse Valentine Card, England, 1790. Message shown around edge when card is folded to show central red heart: 'My Dear the heart which you behold/ Will break when you the same unfold/ Even so my heart with love sick pain/ Sure wounded is and breaks in twain'. British Postal Museum and Archive

Flint Strikers: Left side: French 1630's Seneca 1650-1680 -- probably Dutch British mid 1700's Right side: Whale - late 1700's New England Scottish 1700's English/Italian late 1600's to late 1700's

1700's Flint strikers - Member Galleries - Gallery

Seated Man Reading -1773–74 Jean-Honoré Fragonard I like the cap he is wearing. It appears to be a simple tube of linen tied at the top.

Jean Honoré Fragonard: Seated Man Reading (1978.516.1) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A washerwoman, doing the laundry in a wooden vat. After: François Boucher Published by: Gilles Demarteau 1756-1776

British Museum - print