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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.

  • Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1906.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

Makers

Association Artist Organisation
Artist John Everett Millais -

Inscriptions

Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
monogram
Monogram bottom right Handwritten -
 

Exhibitions

Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
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- Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England 1955 - 1955
 
Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
53 Seattle Art Museum, Washington 1995-03-09 - 1995-05-07
53 The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio 1995-05-27 - 1995-07-16
53 Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington 1995-08-11 - 1995-10-15
53 The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1995-11-04 - 1996-01-02
53 High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia 1996-01-23 - 1996-04-10
53 Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery 1996-05-25 - 1996-09-29
 
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
30 Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery 2004-10-16 - 2005-01-16
30 Leighton House, London 2005-02-18 - 2005-04-29
 
Sacred Bond: Images of Motherhood
- Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 1990-09-22 - 1990-11-18
 

Literature

Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Once a Week
Stewart Harrison 1860-10-06 Bradbury and Evans, London p. 408.
 
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
1947 Roland, Browse & Delbanco, London p. 12
 
Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection
Stephen Wildman 1995 Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham cat. no. 53 / p.188.
 
John Everett Millais: Illustrator and Narrator
Paul Goldman 2004 Lund Humphries, Aldershot cat. no. 30 / B124.
 
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Name Type
J Stewart Harrison Author

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