Balmaiden Ghosts : original painting on A3 artboard


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A painting set in my home county, Cornwall, at Gunnislake Clitters Mine, which is an old copper mine between Gunnislake and Chilsworthy in the Tamar Valley.

Women and children worked above ground at the mine as ‘balmaidens’ doing heavy and sometimes dangerous work for long hours. Some began this work as young as seven years old, though ten or eleven was more usual.  Today the mine is deserted, and overgrown with trees, ferns and wildflowers, but the balmaidens are not yet quite forgotten.

Painted in Windsor & Newton professional acrylic on A3 Daler Rowney multimedia artboard.  Before mounting and framing, the size is 297 x 420 mm.

This painting is for sale without a frame and mount, since it’s easier to post that way, but I can supply it mounted and framed if you prefer (at additional cost).