Committee of Inspection 1877
The painting is a typical Victorian narrative, with pitiful hope as its central theme. Brenan depicts the moment the inspectors have just stepped inside the cottage to examine the cloth. The weaver’s poverty is shown in the crudeness of the cottage interior, but the family’s pride aspirations are expressed in the quietly showy dresser, displaying their blue and white delft and meager collection of spoons.
|Creator||Brenan, James (Search Europeana for this person)|
|Location||West Cork, Ireland|
|Provider||Irish Manuscripts Commission|