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18.000 x 24.000 inches
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Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
During the 18th Century, Many women owned and ran Inns/Taverns, as well as many other businesses. I have always been inspired by the Colonial Inns and the activities surrounding them. Inns were not only used for lodging and meals but for also common meeting locations, to rent a horse, for social gatherings such as cock fights and drinking parties, romantic rendevous and potitical gatherings. I have included some symbols in my painting to reflect some of the many faces of a working colonial tavern. The rooster represents the cock fighting so popular during the 18th century as well as the almost strictly male clientele since women, (with the exception of those who worked there), were largely unwelcome at the inns. (Although they were known to stay at them when travelling with male companions and family members on occasion). The rooster is also a sexual metaphor for the men themselves and the activities that took place at the inn of that same reference. The bottle of Mediera and the mugs are the most obvious and the keys also signify the lodging part. She wears a minature portrait of a man, who was or is probably a lover and the sign behind her shows a white horse which is also the name of the inn which represents the lodging for the horses as well and the rental aspect of them. Although women were known to inherit inns from deceased husbands, more were known to reject the married life and go into business for themselves. Something to be admired in the very male dominated colonial society!
August 9th, 2009
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