A woman who is employed to launder clothes and linen.
- Looking out of the picture, presumably watching the cauldron as it boils more water, the laundress immerses clothes in a wooden tub frothed with over-running foam.
- Across the river a laundress scrubs clothes on the water-steps.
- Irish working class girls were viewed as drunken and feckless, only suitable to be housemaids or laundresses.
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