County Wicklow - Sketch of hearth
Signed AC [Ake Campbell], 1934
County Wicklow (N.M.I Collection - F:2006.15)
Wove paper, drawing ink, coloured pencil/crayon, blue stamp of verso. Height 502 mm. Width 375 mm.
This is a sketch of the hearth area of a Co. Wicklow house. We see a small fire above which hangs two pot crooks. There is a low hob wall behind the fire. A wooden jamb wall to one side of the hearth creates small room effect around the fire. The jamb wall supports a large cross beam above. In turn the cross beams supports a triangular shaped canopy or chimney. This canopy is made of wattle that is interwoven twigs or branches. The timbers of the roof are visible and the roof is supported by a notably high A-shaped timber frame resting on the house walls.
The floor of the house is flagged and the furniture includes a table against one wall, red-painted bin or meal storage chest with a sloping lid and a form or bench seat under a keep or spy-hole in the wall and another along the jamb wall.