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The Bleaching Ground

Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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The women of an unidentified town gather for the first spring wash after the long winter months. The setting is a communal bleaching ground with its wells and an open wash house to the right. This is located outside the town walls where there is space to lay out the linen in the sun. Teniers specialised in scenes of peasant life, rooted in the passing seasons. Here, he matches their diverse activities with carefully observed characters and varied expressions.
  • Date

    1643–1647

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    85 x 120.5 cm

  • Accession number

    47.1

  • Acquisition method

    purchased, 1947

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University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS England

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