- c. 1904
- Presented by the Canterbury Society of Arts, 1932
- 1540 x 1235 x 80mm
English painter William Lee-Hankey had a studio at Étaples in northern France, a location popular with artists from Britain, the United States and Australasia. Like many, he was drawn to what he saw as picturesque rural surroundings – market scenes, fields and working people. His beautiful watercolour, however, romanticises a tougher reality. Peasants made up the largest socio-economic group in France until the mid twentieth century and women were an important part of that workforce, representing forty per cent of all agricultural labourers in 1911. They combined farm labour with domestic tasks and often the two overlapped, as for this young woman who rests with her child after a long, shared day in the field.
Ship Nails and Tail Feathers, 10 June – 22 October 2023