Washing Work and Washing Lines in Illustration

Francisco Fonseca, Portuguese Illustrator, Neighbours washing
Francisco Fonseca, Portuguese Illustrator, Neighbours washing
Home Coming by Norman Rockwell 1945
Home Coming by Norman Rockwell 1945
Martin Lewis, Tree, Manhattan, 1930
Martin Lewis, Tree, Manhattan, 1930
T S SULLIVANT
T.S. SULLIVANT
Pascal-Adolphe-Jean Dagnan-Bouveret (French, 1852 – 1929) Laundress, 1880
Pascal-Adolphe-Jean Dagnan-Bouveret (French, 1852 – 1929) Laundress, 1880
Three Little (Fully Anthropomorphised) Kittens and Other Nursery Stories
August Macke (1887 - 1914) Laundry in the Garden, 1907
August Macke (1887 – 1914) Laundry in the Garden, 1907
London, a pilgrimage, Gustave Doré, 1869
London, a pilgrimage, Gustave Doré, 1869
from ‘A Modern Man — The Average Guy Pin-Up Calendar’
from ‘A Modern Man — The Average Guy Pin-Up Calendar’
Joan of Arc by M.Boutet de Monvel
Joan of Arc by M.Boutet de Monvel
Illustrator not found. Illustration of children is remininscent of E.H. Shepherd.
Wash day, Bolton in 1937 by Humphrey Spender
Wash day, Bolton in 1937 by Humphrey Spender
Margaret Bloy Graham for Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion (1957)
Margaret Bloy Graham for Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion (1957)
Arthur Rutherston, Laundry Girls, 1906. The women are marking laundry with thread before it is sent out to be professionally cleaned.
Arthur Rutherston, Laundry Girls, 1906. The women are marking laundry with thread before it is sent out to be professionally cleaned.
Maud Humphrey (1868-1940)

American artist Maud Humphrey was born in 1868 and died in 1940. She started illustrating children’s books as a teenager in Rochester, New York. She specialised in illustrations of children.

By 1900 she was one of the highest-paid commercial illustrators in America. Clients included Ivory Soap, Elgin watches, and the publishers of the Mother Goose rhymes.

At age 30 she married a doctor, Belmont Deforest Bogart. You may recognise the name of their son, Humphrey Bogart.

Sunday, Women Drying Their Hair (1912) by John French Sloan (1871-1951)
Sunday, Women Drying Their Hair (1912) by John French Sloan (1871-1951)
Harry Clarke (1889 - 1931) 1923 Illustration for Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe The Man of the Crowd
Harry Clarke (1889 – 1931) 1923 Illustration for Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe The Man of the Crowd
Barbara Cooney washing on the line on an island
Barbara Cooney washing on the line on an island. There’s nothing like washing flapping to indicate wind.
Edna Eicke (1919-1979) New Yorker Cover of washing on a line July 28 1956
Edna Eicke (1919-1979) New Yorker Cover of washing on a line July 28 1956
Wood block print by Brown County artist, Gustave Baumann, 1912 'November'. Illustration for "All The Year Round" by James Whitcomb Riley. Washing on the line.
Wood block print by Brown County artist, Gustave Baumann, 1912 ‘November’. Illustration for “All The Year Round” by James Whitcomb Riley.
‘Southwold, Suffolk’, Stanley Spencer, oil on canvas, 1937
Look What I’ve Got By Anthony Browne, 1980
Look What I’ve Got By Anthony Browne, 1980
First Walk; ONE STEP, TWO . . . By Charlotte Zolotow. Illustrated by Roger Duvoisin 1955
First Walk; ONE STEP, TWO . . . By Charlotte Zolotow. Illustrated by Roger Duvoisin 1955
Edmund Blair Leighton – September
Edward Wilkins Waite - A Surrey Cottage in June
Edward Wilkins Waite – A Surrey Cottage in June
Arthur Herbert Buckland - In a Cottage Garden 1910
Arthur Herbert Buckland – In a Cottage Garden 1910
American Artist Illustrator John L Sloan 1912 A Womans Work NYC 1912 washing
American Artist Illustrator John L Sloan 1912 A Womans Work NYC 1912 washing
Conte De Noel, Charles Dickens, illustrations by A.Pecoud (Paris 1952). In earlier times, before well-heated houses and the invention of dryers, it would have been common to hang washing to dry from the ceiling. We should probably see more of it in illustration.
Charles Courtney Curran - Shadows
Charles Courtney Curran – Shadows
Hilda Boswell washing
Arthur Rackham (English,1867-1939) - Girl in shawl with Ducks
Arthur Rackham (English,1867-1939) – Girl in shawl with Ducks
Poor Cecco by Marjery William Bianco illustrated by Arthur Rackham Mrs Woodchuck
Frozen Laundry Saturday Evening Post Cover, March 8, 1952 Giclee Print by Stevan Dohanos
Lilla Cabot Perry (1848 - 1933) A snowy Monday, 1926
Lilla Cabot Perry (1848 – 1933) A snowy Monday, 1926

THE HILLMAN’S HOIST OF AUSTRALASIA

New Zealand and Australian yards are well-known for the Hillman’s Hoist, a rotary clothesline which can be wound up and down.

from Harry and Hopper
'Bottomley Potts covered in spots by Lynley Dodd washing line
‘Bottomley Potts covered in spots by Lynley Dodd washing line

New Zealand painter Nigel Brown makes sure to include the Hillman’s Hoist in his depictions of suburban New Zealand.

Suburban Clothesline Nigel Brown
Suburban Clothesline by Nigel Brown
Nigel Brown Clothesline Painting Number 5
Wash Day by N.C. Wyeth oil on canvas 1934 washing
Wash Day by N.C. Wyeth oil on canvas 1934
English Woman July 12 1958, washing
English Woman July 12 1958, washing
1909 Frank Pape, for Anatole France's Penguin Island
1909 Frank Pape, for Anatole France’s Penguin Island
Great Grandmother Goose by Helen Cooper, illustrated by Krystyna Turska, Hamish Hamilton, London 1978
The City By FRANS MASEREEL (London 1988 - originally published by Kurt Wolff Verlag, Munich 1925 as DIE STADT washing
The City By FRANS MASEREEL (London 1988 – originally published by Kurt Wolff Verlag, Munich 1925 as DIE STADT
V. Panov - The Snow Queen
V. Panov – The Snow Queen
Anatoli Michailovich Eliseev, Story of the stupid mouse frog washing
starch advertisement
Tide washing powder, Woman and Home May 1958
Tide washing powder, Woman and Home May 1958
COUNTRY GENTLEMAN Magazine September 1947 washing ironing
COUNTRY GENTLEMAN Magazine September 1947 washing ironing

Header illustration: Early Spring by Gilbert Spencer (1892-1979) oil on board

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