Cottage at Itchen Abbas

Document reference: (COPY1/420) Cottage at Itchen Abbas, 1895

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How could you describe this woman? First look at what you can see: what is she wearing? What is she doing?

Now think about what inferences we can make – does she seem happy or sad? Rich or poor?

Now focus on the other senses – what might her voice sound like? Does the water in the bucket smell? Is the temperature hot or cold?

The little boy is stood beside the bucket. What does he look like? What is he wearing?

How old does he look? Does he look rich or poor? What do you think he’s doing?

What relationship does he have to the woman? How are they interacting?

The window above them is open. Can you describe it and the thatched roof around it? What does it look like?

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