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British School, 19th century
On Display: Museum of London: Victorian Walk
This is probably the earliest British painting of a glassblower. A Whitefriars glassblower is seated on a glassblower's 'chair' shaping the foot of a wine glass with tongs. By his side are an assortment of callipers and a box filled with glass products, including two ring decanters which may date from the 1820s. Due to the intense heat in the glass factory, he is wearing only a shirt and knee breeches. On his right wrist is a leather cuff to protect him from broken or hot glass. < ...Read more
H 542 mm; W 432 mm (unframed), H 650 mm; W 545 mm (framed)
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