The Vintage

WAG 1091


Thomas Stothard was one of the most popular, prolific and successful artists of his time, and was highly regarded by contemporaries such as Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) and Walter Scott (1771-1832). He particularly focused on book illustration. Stothard made and exhibited several versions of this watercolour. Many were reproduced as prints in publications. It is an idyllic scene of people bringing in a grape harvest and celebrating the wine (or vintage) the grapes will produce. It also refers to scenes of revelry associated with Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, fertility and theatre. He was known in Roman as Bacchus.