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Three Fisherwomen

Geikie, Walter, , Etching
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Three Fisherwomen
Three Fisherwomen
Three Fisherwomen
Three Fisherwomen
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Three Fisherwomen
Fisherwomen, or fishwives, were heavily involved in the fishing industry. While going to sea was a male activity, women were responsible for procuring and preparing bait, mending nets, gutting and cleaning the fish, and transporting them into the city for sale.

The fishwives in this etching illustrate some of these duties. The two seated women are baiting hooks, while the third wears a creel on her back, ready to carry fish to market. Creels were large wicker baskets, featuring a strap that was worn across the shoulders or forehead. Women often had to walk miles with their creels, which could be extremely heavy when loaded with fish.
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