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De Wint's output, both as a watercolourist and as a painter in oils, was dominated
by scenes of haymaking and other agricultural activities dominated.
A number of landscape artists turned
to agricultural themes in the period 1807-1815. The wars against France (1793-1815) did much to stimulate contemporary interest in agriculture,
which was seen as a vital part of the
war effort.

 

It was also a time of intensive agricultural development in England, when open
fields and commons were being rapidly enclosed. Children worked in the fields from the age of nine or ten, or even younger.

 

September 2004