Thomas Wade
Turf Cutters 1869

Artwork details

Thomas Wade 1828–1891
Turf Cutters
Date 1869
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 900 x 700 mm
frame: 1077 x 873 x 90 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1996
Not on display

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Thomas Wade’s picture demonstrates an intimate knowledge of rural life in his native Lancashire. It shows workers engaged in cutting peat for fuel. This was a legal right and a common activity in the countryside in the 19th century, for personal use in winter or for small gain. Influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, Wade meticulously painted in front of his subject. There is dignity and nobility in the group he represents, but Wade also depicts the hardship of these workers’ lives.

October 2013