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Plaiting Straw near St Albans

Photo credit: Luton Culture

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The title of the painting is a bit misleading. The young woman and child are actually making Brazilian hats, which was a specialised trade in and around St Albans, Hertfordshire, in the 1800s. Brazilian hats are made from imported palm leaves and rather than being plaited, the strips are woven into a basic hat shape.

Wardown Park Museum, Luton Culture





oil on canvas


H 75 x W 60 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from the Friends of Luton Museum, 1933

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Inscription description

Signed "D. Pasmore, 1854" ALSO Label on back of frame: "Cottage Door in Bedfordshire - Straw Plaiters by David Passmore - B.B. Mason" (also letter posted on back, to a Mr. Silas from John S. Kotching…see accessions catalogue for full details)


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Old Bedford Road, Luton, Bedfordshire LU2 7HA England

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