Toil

 

Kathleen Mullaniff read the book "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" written by Robert Tressall which is based on the town of Hastings. Hastings Museum and Art Gallery hold an archive chronicling the life and work of Robert Tressall (Robert Noonan). Kathleen was affected by the lucid descriptions of the poor working conditions of the builders and decorators employed in the fictional town of Mugsborough. Kathleen has responded to the archive collection by producing a set of paintings in black and white depicting poor women and children of the Victorian period engaged in piecework and in textile mills. The paintings are reminiscent off printed socialist pamphlets distributed at the time Archive/Objects/Letters and PhotographsBased on the archive chronicling the life and work of Robert Tressall (Robert Noonan). Hastings  Museum and Art Gallery.