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A full-length seated portrait of a former housemaid and spider-brusher, aged 87, outside her cottage. She has a broom and mop beside her and is holding a scroll on her lap. Jane Ebrell was the wife of the coachman to Simon Yorke II and her son was the coachman to Philip Yorke I. There are two sets of servant portraits at Erddig and this is one of the first set. Individual portraits of servants are not uncommon, but the sets at Erddig, which established a tradition later carried on in the form of photographs, may be unique.
oil on canvas
H 114 x W 94 cm
gift from Philip Yorke III along with the estate, house and other contents, 1973