Linnell's representation of labourers preparing for harvest in the fields when night is drawing in or morning is on its way. The farm landscape show the undulating rhythms of nature and rural life.
37.8 x 46 cm
Oil on wood
Date of work
Original: Oil on wood, 37.8 x 46 cm ® Tate, London
English painter John Linnell entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1805 and became a pupil of John Varley. He participated in the naturalist movement of the early 19th century, making oil sketches from nature. Upon his marriage in 1817 and the onset of family responsibilities, he turned his attention to portraiture. Linnell played an important part in the last years of William Blake’s life (from 1818), commissioning the engravings for the Book of Job and the watercolours for Dante’s Divine Comedy.