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A child with his chimney-sweeping tools on his shoulders, the regular black clothing of a sweep, a bowl of meal and a little grin of having a break for meal after the tiresome work-hours represents a perfect, happy and satisfied embodiment of a child-sweep from the 19th century by the artist in this genre painting. But, the current painting is not even near to the actual situations of the real child sweep in old times. They were more similar to the African slaves before the whites left the job and Africans were imported and forced to do the job. In old times, until around the end of the 19th century, small kids were used as sweep (kids as little as 4 years old). After the […]

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The Dinner Hour, Wigan by Eyre Crowe represents the women workers of the cotton mills of Wigan taking some rest from their tedious job. It is claimed that the painting is a “rosy” version of the real women workers in the town. As Crowe was from an upper-middle class family, he was tended to see things with more prosperous establishments instead of depicting the real-life conditions. The painting represents workers sitting and eating their food as they have got a dinner break. Behind them, those are the mills of Wigan known for giving low wages to their workers in the contemporary times. Thus, the workers’ main diet was bread, tea and potatoes and that diet can’t produce such healthy and beautiful bodies. The painting is […]

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