At the Mill's
Door: The Miller's Wife.
There are two Lion Coffee Premium Paper Doll or Doll House
parts: They are The Miller. The miller stands pouring grain into
the millstone hopper. The first one, the miller's wife has a pretty red
dress holding a sack of flour helping the miller work the mill. The second
one of the miller's wife is a pretty blue dress that would be worn by a
girl dancing paper doll in The Miller set (above is the back of one
of the pieces). The second piece is from The Miller set.
Artist: C. J. Lewis
Engraver: J. C. Armytage
Note: the title in the table above is printed below the engraving
An antique steel engraving made in the 1860''s.
Note: No title was appended to this work when it appeared in the
London Royal Academy Exhibition of 1867, but two lines from Tennyson gave
a clue to the composition: ''The very air about the door made misty with
the floating meal."
The scene was sketched at a small Kentish village near Sevenoaks, and the
heraldic shield, somewhat rudely constructed, and the device a little "out
of drawing," is intended for "The White Horse of Kent," the
armorial emblazonment of the county.
The picture is an unaffected transcript of such a scene as it purports to
be. Leaning on the half-door of the mill is the miller's young wife, holding
in her hand a bunch of cherries, gathered, in all probability, from the
adjoining orchard or garden, which she holds up as an alluring bait to her
toddling infant, whom an elder sister has in charge. Through the open window,
in the far end of the mill, we catch a glimpse of the stream that turns
the wheels which set the huge grindstones into motion, and converts the
hard grain into "floating meal." A flour-mill is always capital
quarters for poultry and other domestic birds; and here we have line pigeons
dotting the ground and the thatched eave, the diversified colours of their
plumage making an agreeable variety in the painter's palette. Both in the
subject and its treatment we have an attractive work: the introduction of
the mother and her children gives animation to the scene, while they do
not appeared forced in for the sake of effect; they express, only a domestic
incident natural enough in their daily life.
Size: Image dimensions are 7 1/2 inches by 10 inches, overall print
size is 10 1/2 inches by 14 inches. Sorry not available for sale or purchase.
Keywords: England, Flour Grain Mill, English Mill, Miller's Wife,
Children, Birds, Engraving.
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