'Cloth Dresers', 1813.
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

'Cloth Dresers', 1813.

Havell, Robert

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Hand-coloured aquatint by Robert Havell after George Walker from 'The Costume of Yorkshire' by George Walker, published 1814 by Robinson & Son of Leeds. The image shows a textile worker cropping or trimming woollen cloth with shears, after combing it with teasels to raise the nap. Damp cloth is laid on a shear board, and presure increased by placing heart-shaped weights on the flat surface. 'The Costume of Yorkshire' recorded the social customs, pastimes and occupations of the people of Yorkshire at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. It contained 40 aquatints together with more than 100 pages of text describing the scenes in both English and French. Its author, George Walker (1781-1856), was commisioned to produce the book by a local bookseller.



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