George Robert Lewis Harvest Field with Gleaners, Haywood, Herefordshire 1815

Artwork details

Artist
George Robert Lewis 1782–1871
Title
Harvest Field with Gleaners, Haywood, Herefordshire
Date 1815
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 143 x 195 mm
frame: 226 x 277 x 61 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1981
Reference
T03234
Not on display

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Some early nineteenth century painters like Lewis largely discarded the pictorial formulas of the older generation. Instead they explored a more naturalistic and experimental approach. The apparent truthfulness of their views contributed to the creation of a kind national identity that was meant to belong to everyone, not just people who owned land.

During war with France, agricultural productivity became a genuinely national issue. In this picture Lewis had given particular attention to the details of agricultural work: the field has been reaped and sheaves of wheat have been gathered and stacked to dry.

August 2004

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