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Following further guidelines from the NI Executive, in response to the most recent public health update, our four museums - Ulster Museum, Ulster Folk Museum, Ulster Transport Museum and Ulster American Folk Park - will remain closed for a planned four week period.
Helen Mabel Trevor, of Loughbrickland, Co. Down, began pursuing art seriously in 1877, when she entered the Royal Academy schools in London. She remained there until c. 1880, when she moved to Paris. She spent the rest of her life on the Continent, working in France and Italy before finally settling in Paris. Her particular interest was Breton folk life and traditions and she painted many portraits of Breton children, fisherfolk and old women. This portrait of Breton children verges on the sentimental, as did many of her paintings of similar subjects during the 1880s. However, whilst the subject itself is somewhat idealized, the children's ragged clothes and poor cottage interior are painted with great realism and attention to detail.