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La Blanchisseuse, engraved by Charles Nicolas Cochin I (1688-1754

La Blanchisseuse, engraved by Charles Nicolas Cochin I (1688-1754


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La Blanchisseuse, engraved by Charles Nicolas Cochin I (1688-1754

5934127 La Blanchisseuse, engraved by Charles Nicolas Cochin I (1688-1754) 1739 (etching & engraving) by Chardin, Jean-Baptiste Simeon (1699-1779) (after); Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, UK; eFitzwilliam Museum; French, out of copyright

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© Fitzwilliam Museum / Bridgeman Images

Apron Blowing Bubbles Cats Chardin Chores Cochin Etching Genre Household Kitchens Laundress Laundry Maids Maidservant Service Wash Basin Washerwomen Washing Washing Clothes


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This print titled "La Blanchisseuse" transports us back to 18th century France, capturing a glimpse of domestic life and the daily chores that filled it. Engraved by Charles Nicolas Cochin I in 1739, this piece beautifully depicts a scene originally painted by Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin. In this enchanting image, we see a young laundress diligently at work in her bustling kitchen. Dressed in traditional French attire, she is surrounded by playful children blowing bubbles and mischievous cats curiously observing her every move. The room is adorned with various laundry tools and utensils, emphasizing the importance of cleanliness and orderliness during this era. The artist's attention to detail is evident as he skillfully captures the textures of clothing being washed and hung to dry. The laundress' headdress adds an element of authenticity to the scene while also highlighting her role as a hardworking servant dedicated to maintaining household cleanliness. Through this print, we are transported into a world where childhood innocence intertwines with adult responsibilities. It serves as a poignant reminder of the tireless efforts made behind closed doors to ensure clean clothes for all members of society. Displayed proudly at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, UK, this artwork offers viewers an opportunity to appreciate both its historical significance and artistic mastery.

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