John Linnell
Reapers, Noonday Rest 1865

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John Linnell 1792–1882
Reapers, Noonday Rest
Date 1865
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 940 x 1397 mm
frame: 1180 x 1643 x 128 mm
Acquisition Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894
Not on display

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Linnell claimed that this work was ‘truer to Nature than most pictures’. However, he had been a friend of the visionary artists William Blake and Samuel Palmer, and there may be a more visionary quality to this scene. The theme of rural labourers at rest was familiar, but the glowing light and curious rhythms combine to create a quite original sense of monumentality.

Linnell’s poetic visions of the countryside, far detached from the sometimes harsh realities of rural life, were much sought-after by collectors. This painting is a replica, by the artist, of a work he had sold in 1862.

September 2004

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