I just love this Artists work so much ~ James Jacques Joseph Tissot was born in 1836 in Nantes, a seaport on the French Coast. I love the beautiful long dresses, gorgeous big hats and all the Women were tres chic! I love the little pug dog which he seemed so often to paint in his pictures.
I sometimes stop and dream how beautiful it must have been living back in those days, waltzing the night away under the chandeliers and living in a magnificent home.
However there must have been many things that were very tedious, and hard work.
Wash day used to be an all day job, with boiling up the copper and I am so glad for the modern day washing machine. Then there was the day of ironing with heating the iron over the fire and then pressing the clothes with a very heavy iron. ( I bought one from an antique shop and you would soon build up big muscles, from using it.)
One day for baking over the hot coal range, imagine the heat in the kitchen during the Summer.
Scrubbing the kitchen floor every day with a rag and on one's hands and knees and then I suppose there would be the firewood to chop.
It is no wonder they needed to retreat to the drawing room, with their needlework.
They must have been very tenacious back in the olden days!
Most of the people in the paintings that James Tissot painted, though would have had maids and servants, I would have thought.
I hope that you are having a great week.