The 1884 Royal Academy catalogue included the following quotation from Matthew Arnold's 'Thyrsis' (published 1867): 'A Mower, who as the tiny swell | Of our boat passing heaved the river grass, | Stood with suspended scythe to see us pass'.
Companion pieces to The Mower were the artist's A Mower Whetting his Scythe (exhibited Royal Academy 1924, private collection) and the bronze The Sower (cast in plaster 1886, Kew Gardens, London). The Tate also owns a bronze cast of The Mower in a different pose (1888-90, Tate Gallery T03963).
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1988, pp.81-2
Elfrida Manning, Marble & Bronze: The Art and Life of Hamo Thornycroft, London and Westfield, New Jersey 1982, pp.17, 90-96, 99, 122, 190, 207 no.152a