Irish linen industry, 18th century

Irish linen industry, 18th century

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Caption: Irish linen industry. 18th-century artwork of workers and machinery in a linen bleaching mill. The fabric will be washed, rubbed, glazed and boiled by hand and by the machines, which include a crank and an engine. The boiling room is at left. 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 Lord Bangor. 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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