"A Woman Looking for Fleas" by Giuseppe Maria Crespi (1715-1720) at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham - Since there was a popular misconception that bathing exposed a person to illness, the poor hygiene of the 18th century meant that most people dealt with lice and fleas on a regular basis. Etiquette dictated that one should only catch and kill those on one's own person in private; but this woman's attempts to do so are unknowingly thwarted by the boys watching from the window…
"Rural Life". A girl resting from haymaking, resting her head on her hand, right elbow on a tree-stump, holding rake upright against right side,looking towards the viewer, wearing a straw hat, haystacks in the background. After Mercier, print made by John Faber the Younger.
Illustrationen aus Diderot
Professions - Flower girl. 1775/76. Coloured copper etching by Quirin Marck after a drawing by Johann Christian Brand. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images) Berufe - Blumenstraußmädchen. Bouquetière. 1775/76. Kolorierter Kupferstich von Quirin Marck nach Zeichnung von Johann Christian Brand. Aus: Zeichnungen nach dem gemeinen Volke besonders Der Kaufruf in Wien.
Marie-Anne Hardy de Sartine, nee DuPlessis, c. 1785, French school
Paul Sandby, 1731-1809, British, Two Girls Seated, undated, Graphite and brown wash on medium, beige, slightly textured wove paper, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
The furlana (Venetian dance) by Pietro Longhi.
Paul Sandby (1731-1809) (artist) RCIN 914329 Reference(s): RL 14329 O(S) 250 Description: A woman laundering, her tubs standing on chairs, left, another crouching and tending the fire at an open hearth. Bright sunlight
Amorous rivalry, Follower of Francis Wheatley. From Bonhams: http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/19508/lot/509/
Joseph Barney: The Dairy. 1794. Two young women, one churning milk, the other holding a bowl of milk about to give it to a cat sitting on the flagged floor by a woman who sits in a low chair with a child on her knee, with a full pail on the floor and bowls of milk on a shelf above.