Inside of a Weaver’s Cottage in Islay


This drawing is based on the pencil sketch that Miller made on the spot in early August 1772. The use of watercolour allows contrasting the lit central area around the fire with a dark peripheral space, where clothes hang to dry and birds nest on the beams under the ceiling. Miller creates a night scene invested with a sense of drama absent from the earlier sketch. The figures of the weaver, seen through his loom, and his daughter sitting in the foreground were the subject of separate studies included in the same volume (p. 29).

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Inside of a Weaver’s Cottage in Islay
John Frederick Miller
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Add. MS 15509, f.28

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