The Peat-Gatherer

Artist(s) : Thomas Colville Scott (Draughtsman)

Sketch of a barefoot woman with a basket tied on her back and a hat. The background is barren landscape, barely sketched.

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – The Peat-Gatherer

Image Details

Genre Portrait
Technique Pencil works
Subject(s) Rural life
Geographical Location
  • Aughrusbeg bog - Named locality
  • Connemara - Region
  • Galway - County
  • Connaught - Province
Keywords(s) People, Women
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 11 cm x 11 cm
Published / created 1853

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Ireland: Journal of a visit to Connemara
Note Thomas Colville Scott
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy p. 19
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 49525
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

Walked round 10 miles of the coast, inspecting nine isolated Lots in the way. One called ‘Aughrusbeg’, has a good house upon it, and is in a fine position for fishing and seaweed: but it is covered with unrecognized subtenants who pay to the middle man double his entire rent. I saw these subtenants at work, most of them widows, forsaken wives; and young women, carrying peat on their backs. They were nearly in a state of nudity, and appeared from actual want, to be almost reduced to a state of Idiocy. There is no Irish animation and buoyancy here, but a stealthy and timid look, as if these poor souls were ashamed of their condition, and lost to the faintest hope of escape from wretchedness and misery. Good God! Where are their landlords & the responsible power that rules over them: have they never looked into these all but vacant faces only animated with a faint imploring look – have they never seen the bent back of the aged, and the sunk check of the young? then let them come here and see what neglect has done. [pp. 17-18]
The Peat-Gatherer