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Dutch maid washing the floor   - Engraving reproduced and digitally restored by © Norbert Pousseur


Engraving and text from The costume of the Netherlands
After drawings from Miss Semple - Ackermann London - 1817


Maid servant washing the pavement.

The dutch are so fond of cleaning, that, what with scrubbing the pavement (which is red brick near the houses) and throwing up water against the Windows, the streets are neverdry.
Halfa dozen pails of water overset before each door, and washed away by mops and scrubbing brushes, make it necessary, for those who are walking in the streets, to advance cautiously whenever they perceive such préparations.


This drawing is more static than the previous ones, but it is clear from her simple housekeeping clothes, with her apron and grey skirt, that this is a representation of a servant in a Dutch household. (Editor's notes)
Translated with DeepL


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This Dutch costume print can be zoomed in, the original measuring ~23x23 cm



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