Professional Women

The Distrest Poet
Title The Distrest Poet
Artist William Hogarth
Date 1737 (reprinted c. 1822)
Medium Etching and engraving
Location The Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University

The work of the industrious seamstress provides her family with a steady income, while her poet-husband struggles at his desk for inspiration. A milkmaid storms into the couple's one-room garret to demand payment. Like the seamstress, the milkmaid also earns her wages in a female-dominated profession.


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