Chapter 18 • Revolutions of Industrialization

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• Home was a familiar venue for everyday

life and leisure. It carried with it a sense of familiarity and security in a world that was rapidly changing because of new transport and travel opportunities.

As a home away from home, the railway car possesses covered benches, curtains and other soft furnishings similar to those found at home. The family sits in a private cabin, maintaining an element of privacy similar to home.

Visual Source 18.3: Eyre Crowe, Outside the Factory: The Dinner Hour, Wigan

Q. How would you respond to these comments on Crowe’s painting? In particular do you think it was an “entirely honest” portrayal of factory life for women? What was missing?

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