- Purchased by the Canterbury Society of Arts, 1912, with the J T Peacock bequest; presented to the city, 1932
- Oil on canvas
- 1061 x 913mm
- c. 1905
Henry Herbert La Thangue took artistic inspiration from the lives of working people in England, Italy and France, and was particularly drawn to disappearing forms of rural labour. Every winter from 1901, he relocated from the Sussex countryside to the Mediterranean. From 1904 to 1911 he based himself there in the fishing villages and steep hillsides of coastal Liguria – the Italian Riviera – and painted their industrious residents outdoors. He found naturally picturesque and patient sitters in a region renowned for its fine, decorative bobbin lace.La Thangue first exhibited Making Ligurian Lace in London in 1907. Following a by now established pattern, it was one of twelve works sent from England in 1912 for exhibiting with the Canterbury Society of Arts.
(Persistent Encounters, March 2020)