Peter De Wint, 1820s probably; 1830s probably

WAG 8184

About this object

Many 18th and 19th-century artists painted idealised scenes of haymaking and the harvest. The fact that the labourers in 'Haymakers' are well wrapped up to protect themselves from the sun indicates that De Wint was familiar with the realities of agricultural work. The man on a horse is probably an overseer.

This watercolour may have been exhibited with the title 'Loading Hay' at the Old Watercolour Society in 1832. A sketchbook by De Wint in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum,London contains drawings of similar figures.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Loading Hay
  • Artist(s)
    Peter De Wint (British, born:1784-01-21, died:1849-06-30)
  • Date
    1820s probably; 1830s probably
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 29.5 cm x 42 cm
  • Physical description
    A haycart with two horses stands amongst great mounds of hay, being loaded by five labourers. Behind them to the right is a group of beech trees and to the left is a second haycart beneath a towering hay stack. In the centre foreground is a discarded hat and empty basket.
  • Related people
    Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire (Previous owner) ; Boydell Galleries (Previous owner) ; Peter De Wint (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8184
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by C F J Beausire in 1972
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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    Author: Edward Morris
    Publisher: Walker Art Gallery, Printed by Elliot Bros. & Yeoman Ltd
    Date: 1970


Previous owners

  • Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1972
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery in 1972
  • Boydell Galleries

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded


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    Inscription location: mount, top right
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