John Souter (1890-1972)
Old lady Making Lace
Museum no. E.538-1931
Given by the artist
Although this image dates from 1928, the woman's dress and hairstyle, and the furnishing of the room are all typical of the late 19th century. Lace-making was one of the home-making skills that were a major part of a Victorian girl's education. Most would have been taught sewing, embroidery and dressmaking.
Women were expected to devote such time as they had to spare from other domestic duties on dressmaking for themselves and their children, altering and mending clothes, crocheting antimacassars, doilies and table-runners, embroidering table-cloths, napkins and tray-cloths, knitting, and making lace for trimming the collars and cuffs of blouses and night-dresses, or for babies' christening gowns.
This print can be found in Prints and Drawings Study Room box EDUC 5.