Lucy Kemp-Welch (1869-1958) had a special affection for working horses and felt 'that they fitted into the landscape [and their] labour was [the] most entrancing subject matter for a life study'.
Harvesting relates to a series of paintings that were completed at the Lizard in Cornwall in the late summer of 1919. The composition shows the artist's preference for depicting teams of horses either on cliff tops or approaching the crest of a hill, emphasising the horses' strength and achievement. Many of her pictures record scenes that were gradually disappearing from the farming landscape.
Lucy Kemp-Welch was the most prominent pupil of Hubert von Herkomer at his art school in Bushey. The school closed in 1904 but was subsequently reconfigured as The Kemp Welch School of Animal Painting. Kemp-Welch became the first president of the Society of Animal Painters.