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The Christies of Skaterow, GW Brownlow, 1865

 

The Christies of Skaterow, GW Brownlow, 1865
In 1865, the artist George Washington Brownlow painted the Christie family mending fishing nets at home in Skaterow. The painting allegedly depicts the Christie family, father (Andrew) and a young man, possibly son Andrew junior, seated on a wooden stool repairing a fishing net in their 'but and ben' (ie, a small house with a door in the middle, in the front of the house, leading into a short lobby off of which there were two facing rooms) while Andrew junior's young wife (Janet Masson) combs her hair by the light of the small sash window and the young child looks on. Nets and chains hang from the overhead rafters with a floor of beaten earth. If the family tradition is correct and that the woman combing her hair is Janet Masson, the interior is likely to be be that of 23 Skaterow, where according to the records, the Christies were living at the time. The whereabouts of the original of this painting is unknown.

 
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