Crown of Hop
  Another Fine Quality Print from Martin2001
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Print Specifics:
  • Type of print: Steel engraving - Original antique print
  • Year of printing: not indicated in the print - est 1875
  • Original artist: Withering
  • Publisher: D. Appleton & Co., New York
  • Condition: 1 (1. Excellent - 2. Very good - 3. Good - 4. Fair)
    • Please examine the photo for minor blemishes.
  • Dimensions: 10 x 14 inches, including blank margins (borders) around the image. 1 inch = 2,54 cm.
  • Paper weight: 1 (1. Thick - 2. Heavier - 3. Medium heavy - 4. Slightly heavier - 5. Thin)
  • Reverse side: Blank
  • Note: Green 'border' around the print in the photo is a contrasting background on which the print was photographed.

The artist has here selected for his picture a little episode in the work of hop-picking, on which, at the proper season, men, women and children are all engaged together. The younger laborers are resting awhile from their task, and a young woman, perhaps an elder sister, who, from her superior style of dress, reminds us that the "pickers " do not come from the lowest class only, is decorating a child with a chaplet of the golden flowers. The idea is excellent; so also is the manner in which it has been carried out. The faces of all are highly expressive, especially that of the little girl, so full of self-complacency at the honors bestowed upon her; while the smile of amusement assumed by the boy bespeaks his enjoyment of the scene. This group, in all its parts, is admirably painted, and finished with great care; it is brilliantly colored, yet with perfect harmony of tones. In the background, to the left is another group of elder females and lads engaged in their work; and in the distance, to the right, are more figures, also occupied with their labors. The picture is unquestionably one of the best ever painted by Witherington; it belongs to the earlier part of his career, and the landscapes to which he afterwards gave almost undivided attention have not succeeded nearly so well. He generally managed, as here, to throw a wonderful air of romance over quite homely scenes, never, however, exaggerating it into falsity or unpleasantness.
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