T02262 THE GLEANERS 1887
Inscribed ‘Geo. Carline./1887’ b.l.
Gouache on paper, 11 3/8 × 22 1/4 (28.8 × 56.4)
Presented by Richard Carline 1978
Prov: Dr. Russell, Lincoln (bought 1888); his daughter, by whom given to Richard Carline 1970
The setting of ‘The Gleaners’ has not been identified. The artist's son, Richard Carline wrote (letter, 14 November 1979) that George Carline 'did not have a country house of his own. He seems to have rented lodgings in a farm house or other. I find he was at Stapleford in Wiltshire in 1886 and stayed on until November... He may have returned there the next summer.
‘It seems to me that the figures may have been based on studies of my mother. She often posed for him - in fact for a great many of his paintings as well as his book illustrations that involved a young woman. The figure standing back view in the centre is wearing a straw hat very like one that appears in other pictures of her and the one on the extreme right side view is wearing a bonnet... I have an oil sketch of her wearing a green bonnet (which I still possess in our chest of costumes acquired by my father)’. The bonnet of this extreme right hand figure is green…