Gilbert Spencer The Progress of Husbandry c.1964

Artwork details

Artist
Gilbert Spencer 1892–1979
Title
The Progress of Husbandry
Date c.1964
Medium Oil paint on fabric
Dimensions Support: 914 x 1816 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1981
Reference
T03224
Not on display

Display caption

Gilbert Spencer painted this when he was in his seventies.  He illustrates the history of farming, or 'husbandry', from an ancient Britain 'scratching the earth' to the introduction of the tractor. At the centre, two horses are lead away from a corn binder for the last time. The painting was commissioned to advertise  a tractor for Massey-Fergusson.

September 2004

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