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The Laundress. Giovanni Battista Moroni.

Giacomo Ceruti The Laundress Oil on canvas 1736 130 x 145 cm x 4

The Italian laundresses: two women washing laundry in a large vat with a small tap at the bottom; a young girl stands between them Etching a...

Recto The Italian laundresses: two women washing laundry in a large vat with a small tap at the bottom; a young girl stands between them Etching and engraving © The Trustees of the British Museum

18C American Women: Women doing laundry in the 1700s 1761 Jean-Baptiste Greuze (French painter, 1725-1805) The Laundress

The Laundress (La Blanchisseuse), 1761 Jean-Baptiste Greuze (French, 1725 - Oil on canvas The J.

These 30 Shocking Hygiene Practices From The Past Are So Gross They’re Funny…

These 30 Hygiene Practices From The Past Are So Gross, They’re Funny

In order to wash their clothes and linens, medieval launderers made lye out of ash and human urine. The perfect recipe for that refreshing, spring-fresh scent.

Midshipman Augustus Brine - John Singleton Copley, Painter    I can never get over the fact that midshipmen were so young.  He looks ready to take on the world.

Midshipman Augustus Brine John Singleton Copley (American, Boston, Massachusetts London) Date: 1782 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pastry Seller, Paris, 1738, Anne Claude Philippe de Tubières, Comte de Caylus (French, Paris 1692–1765 Paris)

Pastry Seller, Paris, 1738, Anne Claude Philippe de Tubières, Comte de Caylus (French, Paris 1692–1765 Paris)

Back view of man urinating by Gabriel Bray, London in late September or very early October 1774 while Bray was on his way to Portsmouth , or there. A familiar vignette of ordinary life in an age entirely lacking 'public conveniences'.

Back view of man urinating by Gabriel Bray, London in late September or very early October 1774 while on his way to Portsmouth , or there. A familiar vignette of ordinary life in an age entirely lacking 'public conveniences'.

The Laundress by Jean Siméon Chardin, 1730s  Hermitage Museum Russia  Things to note - the little boys short chair, cap, shoes and the outfit that is to big - the pocket slits, back pleats and blue cuffs of the bedgown - the detachable sleeves of the background woman - the heavy wood of the ladde rback chair

1730 Jean Siméon Chardin (French artist, The Laundress (Note - casaque with visible pocket slits and blue lining, cap, reflection of second woman wearing a garment with partially detached sleeves.

The Cellarboy, c.1738, CRE CHARDIN, Jean-Simeon; (French;1699-1779),  Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery William Hunter collections

Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin - was an French painter. He is considered a master of still life. "The Cellar Boy", 1738

Brandy Seller, Paris, 1737, Anne Claude Philippe de Tubières, Comte de Caylus  (French, Paris 1692–1765 Paris)

"Brandy Seller" by Anne Claude Philippe de Tubières, Comte de Caylus at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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