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Widow Costard’s cow and goods – Penny 1782

Edward Penny, 1714-1791  from Yale Center for British Art

This is a beautiful scene with an interesting array of clothing to see.   Check out the difference in the clothing between the to gentlemen in the painting and notice the style of the clothing on the old lady.

Detail: bellows, coal tongs,  skimmer, dipper, cooking pot, copper lid, spoon, shoes, buckles, men’s clothing, breeches, waistcoat, coat, tricorn, cow, cottage, cloth cap, money bag, purse, walking stick, windows, thatch roof.

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    1. Yes, I found that odd also… The hat does not seem to fit her well either. Is she wearing a girls dress? I looks to be plenty long. Hmm, Maybe there is more to the story here.

    2. I took it for granted that she simply had her 3/4 length sleeves rolled up, perhaps left there from doing laundry or other arduous task. That said, they are high up her arms.

  1. I don’t see that her sleeves are rolled up. They truly look like 3/4 or half sleeves. Very interesting! Maybe she sold the rest as part of her tax settelment 🙂

  2. At the time of the painting there was no Old Age Pension or National Health Service in the UK, so Widow Costard’s Taxes were going to support the monarchy and the army, and an army of placemen, churchmen etc, and no-one else’s taxes served to support her in her sad old age. What we are seeing is an eighteenth century Good Samaritan.

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