William Dyce (1806-1864)


Welsh Landscape with two women knitting, National Museum of Wales






Welsh landscape with two women knitting,  oil on board, 1860.

also Welsh landscape with two women knitting

The seated woman is very like one of the subjects of a photograph by  Francis Bedford of the 1860s. (255, and 1252 WELSH GROUP – The Spinning wheel). She is wearing a man’s hat; a cap with frills down the sides of her cheeks; a brown, short-tailed bedgown with collar; a plain blue skirt, and large fawn apron and a pair of wooden-soled clogs.

The younger woman is wearing a tall conical Welsh hat, of the type commonly found in south Wales; a large plain-red shawl; a light-grey apron; a red skirt with horizontal bands along the bottom and clogs.

The bedgown of the seated woman is typical of north-west Wales, and the shawl and hat of the standing woman is more typical of south Wales, but it hides the gown or bedgown that she might be wearing. This illustrates the point that several tourists noted that older older women at this period, wore small hats and younger ones wore the tall hat.