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The seamstress's reverie

Artist/s name
oil on wood panel
16.6 x 22.3 cm irreg.
Place/s of Execution
Kew, Melbourne, Victoria
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by Sir Thomas and Lady Travers, Governors, 1985
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display

From the 1840s onwards the suffering seamstress, made to sew all day and night, appeared as a sympathetic figure in Victorian literature. A symbol of the plight of the working poor, fictional seamstresses were a thinly veiled appeal to middle-class readers to advocate for social reform. Here Loueiro presents us with a more poetic image that aligns meditative sewing with notions of domestic economy.

—text from Fashion Detective (May 2014)