EXHIBITED: Royal Glasgow Institute, 1865, no. 433
Cobbett painted idyllic rustic scenes, appealing to the public's disenchantment with industrialisation and urban life. He particularly excelled at painting children, portraying them with a quiet dignity despite their humble circumstances. A similar picture to ours showing a group of young girls embroidering in a cottage interior is in the York Museum. A critic for The Examiner in 1856 remarked that 'Pictures by Mr. EJ Cobbett... are especially full of that sense of beauty among cottages that cleverly stops short of being trifling....'