John Robertson Reid
Toil and Pleasure 1879

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John Robertson Reid 1851–1926
Toil and Pleasure
Date 1879
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 991 x 1822 mm
frame: 1405 x 2230 x 160 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1879
Not on display

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In A Country Cricket Match, also displayed here, Robertson Reid showed a rural community as a social unit, playing or watching the village cricket match. Here the hierarchical structure of the rural community is shown as dramatically polarised, between those who work the land to live and those that use it for recreational purposes. The weary workers stand to one side as members of the hunt ride across the field. Ironically, it is the efforts of the poor, as represented by the land workers, which creates the wealth of the rich, as represented by the hunters.

February 2004

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