Irish linen industry, 18th century

Irish linen industry, 18th century

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Caption: Irish linen industry. 18th-century artwork of workers in a linen mill, winding (background, wheel), warping (right, loom), and weaving (left, loom). the yarn that will be used to produce linen. Linen is a textile made from fibres of the flax plant. This painting is by the Irish-born artist William Hincks (active 1773-1797), and was dedicated to Francis Ingram Seymour (1743-1822), 2nd Marquess of Hertford. It forms part of a series of 12 paintings that Hincks did on the production and manufacture of linen, with the illustrations first published in London in 1782. This copy is from the set republished in 1791 by R. Pollard.

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