25 November 2003
George Elgar Hicks (1824-1914)
signed with monogram and dated '1855' (lower right)
oil on canvas
18 x 14¼ in. (45.7 x 36.2 cm.)
Purchased from the artist by Messrs. Lloyd Brothers.
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Times, 7 May 1855, p. 10.
Athenaeum, no. 1439, 26 May 1855, p. 624.
Art Journal, 1855, p. 174.
London, Royal Academy, 1855, no. 268.
An early work by the artist, which was well received when exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1855. The Times called it 'one of the gems of the collection' and the Athenaeum 'a beautiful bit of colour... The pink dress and the blue sky are in beautiful harmony, and the pretty figure of the haymaker has all the delight of a lark's song or an impromptu lyric'. The success of the picture encouraged Hicks to paint two more country scenes in 1855, another Haymaking, which was 'Bought off the easel by the Marquis of Lansdowne - who called at Ladbroke Villas', and Gleaning, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1856, no. 566.
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