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Watercolour - But Men Must Work and Women Must Weep

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1908P22
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1883 - 1883

Maker Information

Artist:Walter Langley - View biography for Walter Langley


Born in Birmingham, Langley settled in Newlyn in Cornwall early in 1882. Many of his works were inspired by the lives of the fishing community there. In this example two women wait in their cottage for the return of a fisherman missing at sea.

This work shows Langley's mastery of subtle colour harmonies and texture and his bold use of scratching-out, for example in the strands of the women's hair where it is caught by the light. Langley was unusual among Victorian artists in that he made his name purely through his watercolours - he didn't begin to exhibit oils regularly until 1892.

Bequested by H C Brunning, 1908.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Watercolour on wove paper with scratching-out

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Height:905 mm
Width:535 mm