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View taken near Scarva in the County of Downe of Ploughing, Sowing the Flax Seed and Harrowing

View taken near Scarva in the County of Downe of Ploughing, Sowing the Flax Seed and Harrowing

Artist: Hincks, W.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1783

Shelfmark: Ktop LII

Item number: 46.a

Genre: Topographical Print

View of linen workers in Scarva, a small village situated on the Newry canal. This is the first plate in a series of twelve views of the linen manufacturing process produced by W. Hincks. The flax seed, from which linen is made, is typically sown in April. The earth had to be prepared for the seeds and the land sometimes had to be ploughed as may as 4 time to ensure it was fine enough. Seeds were imported from countries such as Holland and America. It would have been the male workers who ploughed the fields and sowed the seeds whilst the women completed the more back breaking work of weeding.

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