Here is a selection of 'kids & cats & dogs' as represented in late 18th century & early 19th century French printed cottons. They are mostly idealised images, the animals and children sweetly drawn to look innocent, homely & wholesome. It is also interesting to note that most are simple, rural scenes but they have been idealised, the harsher side of peasant life has been masked with a veneer of charm and rustic simplicity. Most of these fabrics were used for middle to high class domestic furnishings, bed curtains & valances, window curtains etc, so it would make good commercial sense to appeal to an enduring love of such imagined images. This has been and still is a common theme in art & imagination throughout history.
The Vintage Bazaar in Frome this Saturday
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