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Late 18 th Century
Size : 56 cm high , 46 cm wide – 22 ins high , 18 ins wide
In England and America folk artists depicted daily life , whereas in Europe they tended to paint devotional or 'ex voto' pictures . In the 18 th and early 19 th centuries there existed a great demand for vernacular scenes and portraiture , and until the invention of commercial photography in 1839 with the process of the daguerreotype , this market was met by itinerant artists or 'limners' working in the provinces .
In Oliver Goldsmiths 'The Vicar of Wakefield' ( 1766 ) , the vicar's neighbours , the Flamborough's 'had lately got their pictures drawn by a limner , who travelled the country and took likenesses for 15 shillings a head'.
These were not so much fine 'pictures' as representations of people in their appropriate social settings going about their ordinary lives . Photography removed the necessity for these vernacular works of art and Britain subsequently lost the naïve popular art form of its provinces .
|Height||56.00 cm||(22.05 inches)|
|Width||46.00 cm||(18.11 inches)|