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A Lady at the Hearth by Pehr Hilleström

Pehr Hilleström (18 November 1732 – 13 August 1816)

I thought this picture would be a great one with which to get started.   Pehr Hilleström painted in the late 18th century Sweden, by the looks of her outfit this might be 1790’s or so.  It has any number of great details to study: a raised hearth,  various cooking vessels,  the mortar and pestle,  the storage jars, coffee grinder, the colander, trivet, spoon, bowl, unlined brass pot, and broom.  Who is this lady?

This Post Has 3 Comments
  1. Love the detail of the broom handle! Must make one of these for our dust mop. Thanks for your work on this blog; I will enjoy it.

  2. A very interesting image. After looking at all the current images, I find I like the ones with your commentary on them the best. It helps explain some of the things I am seeing, and pointing out some that I am not. I am curious as to what the baskets/containers in the shelf above the woman’s head would hold?

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