"Old Maid In The Garret"


United Kingdom

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"Old Maid In The Garret"

A odd little gouache, pencil grisaille on card portrait of a lady believed to the be the old maid in the garret

The image taken from the song the old maid in the garret, it was a popular street song some 300 years ago.

The maid sits in here garret with her cat and parrot, with what appears to be a monkey hidden in the bottom left of the painting

The back of the frame has elderly woodworm, and has also left its mark on the card leaving three holes in the painting, one on the carpet, middle section of her dress and under the table.

Housed in a veneered maple frame 19/16.5cm, early 19th century in age

The songs reads as follows

"I am an auld maid and I live in a garret
Naebody to help or to cheer
My only companions a cat and a parrot
Losh sirse, but it is unco drear

Than what do ye think o' my case, my friends
And what dae ye think I should dee
I wad be unco fain o' a hame o' my ain
And a gude wife I'm sure I wad be

But I want nae a man who is dashing and gay
Or a man who lives only for gain
Or one that's devoted to sporting and play
Or a fop who is silly and vain

But let me be gudewife to a clouthie gudeman
Who is fearless and honest and true
And the rule of whose life is the grand scripture plan
Do as you would have others do

And give me a croft at the foot o' a hill
Wi' gowans upon the green sward
In sight an' in sound o' a clear sparkling rill
A peat stack and a bonnie kailyard

We could never be dull with our work to attend
We would always have plenty to do
Our evenings in summer 'mang our flowers we would spend
In the long winter nichts read and sew"


19th Century

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