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Fore front of the Weavers' House near Bomore on the Island of Ila

Fore front of the Weavers' House near Bomore on the Island of Ila

Artist: Miller, John Frederick

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1772

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15509

Item number: f. 24

Length: 29.5

Width: 40

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of the weaver's cottage near Bowmore on the Island of Islay, drawn by John Frederick Miller in 1772, after a sketch taken on August 4th 1772.

Islay is the most southern of all the Hebridean Islands, located of the west coast of Scotland. Today it is has a population of around 5000 & is well known for its single malt whisky distilleries, but during the 17th and 18th century there was a much larger community living here and working in farming, crofting & the tartan textile industry. Merchants would provide the wool and the spinning and weaving were done by workers in their homes. It was not until the mid 19th century that improved machinery moved this kind of work to factories. This drawing is of a traditional stone cottage with thatched roof.

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