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A Perspective View of a Lapping Room with the Measuring, Crisping or Folding the Cloth in Lengths

A Perspective View of a Lapping Room with the Measuring, Crisping or Folding the Cloth in Lengths

Artist: Hincks, W.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1783

Shelfmark: Ktop LII

Item number: 46.l

Genre: Topographical Print

This is the eleventh plate in a series of twelve views, produced by W. Hincks, of the linen manufacturing process as it was in Ireland in the 18th century. At this time Ireland was one of the largest producers of linen in Europe. This print depicts a lapping room which would have been located on the grounds of a Bleaching green. These men are carrying out the final stages of the linen manufacturing process before it was taken to a Linen Hall. The linen was dried in a large airy room, lined with windows and was then measured and folded into lengths.

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