British artist, Laura Alma-Tadema specialized in genre paintings of domestic life. Here is an idealized scene of a young woman earnestly focusing on her embroidery, sewing basket at her feet. Women occupied with sewing was a popular subject in Victorian times. The setting is reminiscent of 17th-century Dutch interiors, and Laura was possibly influenced by her husband, the Dutch artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema. He had moved his family to London after meeting her in order to give Laura painting lessons. The young model is likely one of Laura’s stepdaughters. 

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Sweet Industry
Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema (1852-1909)
Manchester Art Gallery