T03447 Berwickshire Field-workers 1884
Oil on canvas 35 7/8 × 24 (914 × 609)
Inscribed ‘E.A.Walton.84.’ b.r.
Purchased from the Fine Art Society (Grant-in-Aid) 1982
Prov: Christie Brothers (latterly owners of Messrs Guthrie and Wells, Glasgow furnishers and stained glass manufacturers)
The field-workers are wearing head-dresses of cane and cotton known as ‘uglies’. These bonnets were worn on both sides of the Border for protection against the sun. A piece of material was attached to the bonnet to protect the wearer's back.
Helen Weller in the E.A. Walton exhibition catalogue, Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh, 1981, wrote
The subject matter [in Walton's work] is incidental, he was essentially a painter of atmosphere and the figures are used as punctuation in the composition or points of light in the chromatic scheme.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986